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Banyan Street trees and wayfinding - have your say

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 8 November 2018

Council is seeking community feedback on street trees, wayfinding and pedestrian safety measures in Banyan Street.

“This is a really important street in Warrnambool because it is the primary conduit between the city and the sea,” Director City Infrastructure Scott Cavanagh said.

“We’ve had approaches from Banyan Street residents over tree planting in the street and we’re keen to hear from residents about the choice of street tree and whether there should be a single tree species between Raglan Parade and Merri Street or whether people want to see a different tree species for each block.

“We’re also asking the community for their views on two pruned Moreton Bay figs in the Raglan Parade median at the intersection with Banyan Street.

“We’re required to prune these figs in order to meet laws governing powerline clearance and we are interested in whether the community would find it acceptable to remove these two trees, given their pruned appearance and the fact the tree roots have damaged the adjacent footpath.

“The removal of the trees would allow for the construction of a new footpath and would mean the canopy of the immediately adjacent fig trees would expand to fill the gap.

“However, the trees are otherwise healthy and if the community has a clear view that they should be retained – even in the pruned state – then Council will take that on board.”

Council also wants feedback on old steel rail pedestrian barriers at the intersections of Banyan and Lava, and Banyan and Koroit streets – with the possibility that they could be removed and replaced with a treatment more in keeping with other work in the city centre.

“Alternative treatments could include low growing garden beds or bollards and chains or ropes,” Mr Cavanagh said.

“The other piece of work we are considering is that Council has been gifted an old surf lifesaving boat that we could install at the intersection of Raglan Parade and Banyan Street that could serve as a wayfinding device directing visitors to our Foreshore Precinct.”.

Residents wanting to have a say on these issues can go to or fill out a hard copy of a survey available at the Civic Centre, 25 Liebig Street, Warrnambool.

People have until December 7 to provide feedback.


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