Deakin Avenue Landscape Master Plan Stage 2

We're working to make sure the Deakin Avenue median strip is a safe and appealing thoroughfare for everyone to enjoy. This project forms part of the Deakin Avenue Landscape Master Plan.

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An artists’ impression of how the Deakin Avenue median will look once redeveloped between Ninth and Tenth Streets.

Location

Works are planned on the median strip of Deakin Avenue, between Ninth and Tenth Streets.

Timeframe 

Start: June 2017
Anticipated completion: October 2017

Key elements

  • Removal of 25 sugar gum trees which are no longer safe.
  • Replanting 28 sugar gum trees, grown from the seed stock of the trees originally planted here.
  • New underground irrigation system and garden beds.
  • New lighting and outdoor furniture.
  • Central pedestrian footpath.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Council removing trees on Deakin Avenue?
Tree removal is required due to public safety. An independent arborist has assessed the condition of all trees on Deakin Avenue. The risk assessment indicates some trees have reached the end of their useful life expectancy.  The trees have deteriorated and have significant structural faults, due to their age and previous lopping practises. 

Has previous maintenance contributed to the decline of the trees?
Past tree management practices focused on heavy reduction pruning (lopping). The Sugar Gums were first lopped in the 1930s and were repeatedly re-lopped up until approximately 1990.  This caused stress on the trees and poor branch attachment, leading to an increased risk of limb failure. While lopping was previously considered an acceptable practise, this technique of cutting back branches to the stub is no longer used.

How many trees are being removed?
57 trees in total will be removed from Deakin Avenue over a three year period. Two were removed in October 2016. A further 25 between Ninth and Tenth Streets will be removed in 2017. The remaining trees identified for removal, located between Seventh and Ninth Streets, will be removed in the future.

What will be put in place once the trees are removed?
28 established Sugar Gum trees, propagated from the trees that originally stood in Deakin Avenue will be planted. These trees will be appropriately spaced and setback from the kerb line to limit damage to road carriageways and ensure healthy growth.

A more efficient underground irrigation system, new garden beds, improved lighting and outdoor furniture will be installed along the median.

Why are Sugar Gums being planted again?
Sugar Gums provide an historical connection to Deakin Avenue. They were originally planted in the late 1890s. The new trees will be pruned, maintained and inspected in accordance with current best practice to ensure they are safe and healthy.

How old are the trees? 
The trees were planted in the late 1800’s making them well over 100 years old.

 Do the trees have any heritage value?  While not covered by any formal heritage protection, the trees provide an important link to Mildura's past. This is why new trees, grown from original stock are being planted.  

 How much is the project costing?  
The budget for works between Ninth and Tenth Streets, including major landscaping, construction irrigation and tree removal is $700,000.

What will happen to the seats, fountains and other structures in the area?
These will remain and be refurbished to ensure they not only look great but last a bit longer.

Will there be more shade put in? 
The new trees will eventually provide the shade that everyone enjoys.  The Deakin Avenue Master Plan explores the potential for man-made structures for additional shade and will be considered during the detailed design of future sections of the project.

What will happen to the palm trees on Deakin Avenue?
All the palm trees will be retained. They are in great condition and match other street tree themes throughout the centre of town.

Will there be pedestrian crossings across Deakin Avenue?  
This is not a part of this project, however the Deakin Avenue Urban Design Guidelines adopted by Council will set the scene for how road lanes, bike paths and pedestrian movements will play out on Deakin Avenue.

Where is the footpath going?  
The Deakin Avenue Master Plan details a footpath running down the middle of the median strip to keep pedestrian and vehicular traffic separate.

Will pedestrians be able to cross through the middle of the intersections at Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Streets?  
No. This is very difficult to achieve with the constraints of road width and the cost of modifying the existing traffic light configurations.  Luckily there are signalled safe crossing points at all of the intersections.

 What will happen to the timber from the trees that are being removed?  
Council is committed to looking at using the felled timber in the future and where possible, it will be saved and retained. The success of anything we can do will depend on the quality of the wood.  We suspect that most of the trees are in such poor condition that it may be very difficult to recycle.

How does this work align with the recently adopted Deakin Avenue Urban Design Guidelines?  
Both the Deakin Avenue Master Plan and the Guidelines are very complimentary in their principles and both will reference each other during their implementation

How is Deakin Avenue's history being captured in this project?  
Council has been working closely with The Chaffey Trail Group, Greening Mildura and the Mildura Historical Society to ensure all history is captured.