Kew Cottages Coalition
Date: Jan 16, 2006 7:44 AM
Subject: URGENT REQUEST Re: Tree Protection Works
- Tree 295 Bishop Pine
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Further to my phone call of 23/12/5 I understand that you have
still not received a response from the Landscape Architects and
matter is now extremely urgent.
I am writing to request that
Heritage Victoria instruct a qualified arborist to visit the site,
investigate the condition of the Heritage listed Pinus Muricata (Bishop
Pine) No. 295 , and take immediate remedial action without further
I am advised today that:
condition of the Bishops Pine has deteriorated markedly since
Christmas. It now appears to be in a very poor condition as shown in
the attached photographs with foliage loss that is both increasing at
lower levels, and starting to move higher into the canopy;
2. The tree remains unfenced despite
being shown on your approved fencing plan with a protective fence
erected all around it;
3. Unsupervised trenching and pavement
work appears to have been undertaken before Christmas using heavy
machinery within the
Root Protection Zone (as marked on your approved plan), thus breaching
the Heritage permit conditions, and putting the tree at serious risk.
As you will be aware this particular Bishop Pine has been accorded the
highest level of significance at Kew Cottages. It is listed on the
National Trust Tree Register, and is clearly identified for complete
protection both within the C53 VPO, and the State Heritage Register.
It's location is clearly marked on every vegetation protection plan
produced for the Cottages over the last five years, up to and including
of course the current Tree Protection Plan LSK11 prepared by Walker
Frankly, therefore, I am appalled that this situation has arisen
despite all the assurances that have been made to the public by the
Bracks Government that significant trees at Kew Cottages would be
properly protected during the development.
At face value there now appears to have not only been a major
breech of the Heritage Permit P9639 Conditions specifically designed to
protect the trees, but that offence has been compounded by the fact
that both the Government and their Contractors have failed to monitor
the situation, and failed to respond in a timely manner.
The Kew Cottages Coalition views such an offence extremely
seriously, and submits that Heritage Victoria should act immediately to
take all steps necessary to help save and protect the Bishop Pine
together with any other trees found to be at risk.
I, therefore, also request that:
a) Heritage Victoria formally
undertake a public investigation into how this offence has occurred,
together with any other associated matters, including the
identification of those persons responsible for works or activities not
in accordance with the permit or conditions, and
b) Instruct the Owner and contractors to cease all works at the
Cottages pending the outcome of your investigation, and the
implementation of new procedures to adequately and comprehensively
monitor and protect the trees.
I enclose copies of photographs showing the current poor condition of
the Bishop Pine (Tree 295) , an extract of your approved fencing plan,
and evidence of recent paving/trenching works within the RPZ shown on
the latter plan.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any additional
I look forward to receiving your response as soon as possible.
Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
M. 0414 979 300
encs: x5 jpg images (low res email copies)
cc: Boroondara Council
cc: Don Anderson, Kew Cottages Coalition
cc: John Hawker, Heritage Victoria
cc: Kew Cottages Parents Association
cc: Minister for Planning
cc: National Trust