Council is renewing the western footpath on Station Street, Wentworth Falls, by replacing the 10 existing claret ash trees with 10 lipstick maple trees.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are the trees being replaced?

The existing trees (claret ash) have been there for about 25 years and their roots do not have enough room for further growth, causing damage that is potentially unsafe to pedestrians and detrimental to the streetscape.

What is wrong with the existing claret ash trees?

Damage to the ten existing claret ash trees varies. Some are stunted because their roots cannot grow any further, while others have grown moderately. When Council lifts the pavement they will all be damaged. To achieve an even footpath, roots would need to be cut, further compromising the trees.

Will the streetscape look different?

Although the new lipstick maples will be smaller initially (3-4 metres), they will quickly grow to the scale of the current trees (8-10 metres). Visually, there will not be much difference but the root system of the new trees will provide a longer-lasting option.

Why lipstick maples, instead of claret ash?

Like the claret ash, the lipstick maples are deciduous so they provide shade in summer, while not blocking the sun in winter. The lipstick maples are also a more vibrant autumn colour and they are more tolerant of various soil conditions, making them a good street tree. Since the original trees were planted, there has been increased understanding in how to manage urban/street trees, hence the replacement trees will have sufficient volume (3.7m3 per tree) to grow and survive and they will not cause drainage issues or damage to pavers, making them a better long term solution for the street.

Will these works be disruptive to shopping and business?

During this renewal, Council will put measures in place to mitigate disruptions to parking and pedestrians on the west (shop) side of Station Street, as much as possible. There will be 10 car spaces temporarily out of action on Station Street, along with the bus stop, during the works. There are seven additional informal spaces at the northern end of Plantation St (behind the shops) that are available for parking. There will be pedestrian access to the shops and pedestrian bridges from the road to the shops. To minimise disruption and maintain access to each business, the project will be managed carefully with driveways done separately, while each car park is closed.

How long will this upgrade take?

The timeframe for these works will be as minimal as possible (estimated maximum ten weeks), and done during the school term, so that there is no disruption in the busy holiday period. It is proposed that works will start 27 January 2021.

Are there any other changes?

As part of the upgrade, Council is taking the opportunity to replace the driveways in dark grey concrete to give a visual cue to drivers of pedestrian priority.

For further information please email: placemanagement@bmcc.nsw.gov.au.