Claret Ash to be replaced at Wellington Memorial Pool

Dubbo Regional Council has made the tough decision during its Infrastructure Community and Recreation Committee Meeting to approve the removal of the Claret Ash tree at the Wellington Memorial Pool to ensure the redevelopment stays on schedule and importantly preserves the heritage facade identified by the community as a high priority.

Dubbo Regional Council’s Manager for Recreation and Open Space, Ian McAlister said that it’s always a hard decision to remove such a mature tree.

“The Claret Ash Tree is an over mature tree which casts a lot of shade over the pool area and it’s a difficult decision that has had to be made. Following two (2) independent arborists reports the tree was found to have an extensive root system that was impacting on the heritage façade and it was infected with the disease “Ash Decline” which could increase the risk of limb drops as well as a life expectancy of only another five (5) years,” said Mr McAlister.

A new tree will be planted in its place with a specialised underground root vault installed to ensure the root system is controlled.

“A super advanced tree (species yet to be determined) will be planted to replace the Claret Ash.  It will be planted in a root vault that will allow the root system to grow naturally without encroaching on the heritage façade in the future or jeopardising the pools infrastructure underground.

The overall Wellington Memorial Pool redevelopment project is on schedule to be complete in October 2019.

Media Contact:

Council’s Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Team 6801 4000

Last Edited: 12 Feb 2019

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