City of Victor Harbor not ready for tree entrance to the city

GATEWAY TO VICTOR: City of Victor Harbor councillor David Kemp at the entrance to Victor Harbor where the 'Avenue of Trees' was proposed.
GATEWAY TO VICTOR: City of Victor Harbor councillor David Kemp at the entrance to Victor Harbor where the 'Avenue of Trees' was proposed.

For more than two years the Economic Development and Tourism Committee has been seeking council support for beautification and landscaping works along Adelaide Road in the form of an 'Avenue of Trees'.

The tree plan is from the Welch Road (Ring Road) roundabout to the Port Elliot Road roundabout. Budget proposals for the last two council budgets to achieve the 'Avenue of Trees' were unsuccessful. A recommendation by council administration to further the project by allocating $27,500 as part of its 2019/20 budget was knocked back by elected members.

At a council meeting held in December 2018, council proposed an allocation of up to $8000 toward the establishment of a structured 'Avenue of Trees' at the entrance to Victor Harbor.

Council also sought clarification from the Native Vegetation Council on the cost and risk implications relating to the removal and trimming of native vegetation along the nominated sections of the Victor Harbor Road and Welch Road. However, elected members voted unanimously to squash the idea for an 'Avenue of Trees' for now.

Councillor David Kemp queried why the cost was once $8000 and a few months later it has blown out to $27,500. "We need to put a hold on it and defer it. I will not support this project until we know what is happening with Adelaide Road," Cr Kemp said.

"The RAA and state government are talking about the possibility of a duplication of the road. We spend $27,500 on vegetation and landscaping and we could then have them all ripped out. There is future planning for this road, so it could be a waste of money for council."

Councillor Tim Glazbrook said "until we are sure what is happening with this road we should not be doing this."

Planting of the 'Avenue of Trees' was proposed to be carried out by council, including an allowance made for watering of the trees over the first two years, including maintenance of tree wells and weed control.

The projects costings included site survey $3000, environmental assessment $1500, removal of dead shrubs $10,000, trimming dead trees $3000, tree planting (based on 100 native trees) $5000, maintenance of trees $5000.

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