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Barraba trees report to be discussed

TRC Media Release: Thursday 3 April 2014

A strong Barraba presence is expected at next week’s Tamworth Regional Council Ordinary Meeting which will include consideration of a report about the future management of the London Plane Trees lining the township’s main street.


In late November last year, Councillors asked staff to put together a report looking at an option for monitoring and maintaining the existing trees over a five-year period to better inform the community regarding the level of risk associated with the possibility of keeping the trees.


The issue was first raised at a Council meeting in April 2013 in a report which explained how the 20-year-old trees have invasive root systems causing damage to the surrounding road surface, historical brick kerb and gutter and footpath paving as well as posing a risk to public safety.


Councillors then undertook extensive consultation with tree experts and received advice from a specialist project team before revealing a plan in September 2013 for the replacement of 28 London Plane Trees in the main street of Barraba. The project team was asked to provide Council with a detailed proposal, including costs, on the best method for replacing the trees with the preferred replacement species, being the Japanese Elm and Manchurian Pear.


After some Barraba residents expressed their opposition to the plan and called for no trees to be removed, Councillors asked staff to provide a report including an option for maintaining and monitoring the existing trees for a defined period, as well as the option for replacing the trees.


Council meeting Tuesday 8 April

The report will be tabled at next Tuesday night’s meeting in the Council Chambers on Level 4 of Ray Walsh House, 437 Peel Street from 6.30pm along with a final report from consultants InSite EM LA Pty Ltd.


Each report will be included with the meeting agenda which is expected to be published on the Council website before noon tomorrow (Friday 4 April). A printed copy will be available at the customer service desk of Council’s Barraba and Manilla offices at the same time.


Yesterday, Council contacted the Friends of Barraba Trees and a number of individuals who have previously made submissions to Council about the issue to advise them of next Tuesday’s meeting.


Council also had flyers delivered to homes in the Barraba township to ensure as many residents as possible are aware of the upcoming discussion.


Frost Over Barraba Arts Festival

Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 June 2014

"Snowgums" by Steve Parish
Frost Over Barraba Arts Festival celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year. There will be some exciting exhibitions around town including a major retrospective show at the Youth Centre. Artworks and history from the forty years of Frost will be shown.
Internationally known naturalist and nature photographer Steve Parish will be an Artist in Residence this year. Steve will be exhibiting works and teaching nature photography including a field trip into the Barraba area.
Gordon Rossiter, an accomplished landscape painter from the Macleay Valley, is also in residence. Gordon will teach a two day painting workshop both in the studio and the field.
This year theres an even bigger arts workshop program with more than two dozen options. There are course of all types for all ability levels and of course some especially for children. Bookings can be made with the Community College.
Frost opens Thursday 26 June at 6.30pm. Exhibitions and workshops Friday-Sunday  27-39 June.


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