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Friday, 3 August 2018

No one likes to see a tree removed and at Council we only do it when it’s absolutely needed.

The Dee Why Masterplan adopted by Council following a significant community consultation process is a huge project to enhance Dee Why for all locals.

The result will be beautiful new streetscapes, more than double the number of trees and a fantastic new shared path connecting the beach with the town centre.

The targeted streetscape upgrades continue and current works include the northern side of Howard Avenue and a small section in Oaks Avenue.

In Howard Avenue construction will soon start on the new 3m wide shared path connecting Dee Why Town Centre to the beach. This is occurring on the northern side of Howard Ave only. As part of this project, we will be replacing 17 trees with 36 new ones. The replacement trees will be mature 400L, at least 4m high and all are natives – Kanooka Gums and Golden Pendas.

This new shared path creates an attractive and safe route for residents to walk or cycle between the town centre and the beach, reducing car use and bringing the beach and the town centre together.

On Oaks Ave, we are only replacing trees between Pittwater Rd and the post office.

In all, under the Dee Why masterplan we will be replacing around 33 trees across Oaks and Howard Avenues with 83 new ones – the majority native species.

Unfortunately the root systems of the current trees have outgrown the available space and are buckling the footpath and road. This creates trip hazards for elderly, difficulties for wheelchairs and prams and the issue can’t be fixed without removing the trees.

All replacement trees have been selected following a thorough assessment by our tree specialists, taking into account the aesthetics, environment and streetscape constraints. Shade and habitat will be preserved by the replacement trees.

Where the existing trees destroy the footpath and make it difficult for people, especially the elderly and less mobile to safely get around, for the new trees we will be investing in tree pits and root barriers which will help the trees to flourish and prevent damage so they can remain long term.

The shared path will not impact on the existing trees on private property which will continue to complement the shade and privacy provided by the new Council trees.

For more information about this project, please visit the project page