The Hon. Mary Delahunty
Minister For Planning,
GPO Box 2797Y
Fax: (03) 9637 8921
Re: Urgent Action Required - Kew Cottages:
Protection of Significant Trees & Landscape elements
I write to you in your capacity as the Responsible Planning Authority for the above site, as identified in the Boroondara Planning Scheme Amendment C53, Gazetted on 13th November 2003.
The Kew Cottages Coalition is concerned to note that approximately fifty metres (50m) of the Cottages’ fencing on the north east boundary with Hutchinson Drive has recently been demolished, and heavy vehicles appear to have been driven in and/or out of the opening. As a consequence the oldest of the River Red Gums identified in the Vegetation Protection Overlay for the Kew Cottages site is in our submission now seriously at risk of damage.
Red Gums of this size, and age are extremely rare in Melbourne. The latter tree is one of eight on the eastern boundary. It is considered to be between 300 and 500 years old, and requires special protection measures to be implemented to safeguard both the tree canopy itself, and its extensive root system.
It is listed by your Landscape Architects John Patrick as requiring an appropriately fenced tree protection zone of 17 metres radius, and yet it currently has no protective fencing whatsoever, despite the fact that the trunk is within five (5) metres of the opening created by the newly demolished boundary fence.
As the Responsible Planning Authority we, therefore, request that you please act immediately to:
Please do not hesitate to let me know if you need any further information.
Kew Cottages Coalition
Encs. Extracts of VicUrban Consultants’ Reports.