Different tree species to replace axed cypress trees on Port Fairy's James Street

Moyne Shire director of physical services Trev Greenberger with the aging cypress trees on James Street removed because they posed a safety risk. Picture: Amy Paton
Moyne Shire director of physical services Trev Greenberger with the aging cypress trees on James Street removed because they posed a safety risk. Picture: Amy Paton

Moyne Shire councillors have voted to replace the cypress trees axed in James Street, Port Fairy, with native drooping sheoaks.

Twenty cypress trees that were more than 80-years-old were cut down this month after safety concerns were raised.

Drooping sheoaks received just four more votes than norfolk island pines in an online survey set up by council to help decide which trees should replace those removed.

The survey received 164 responses, and five submissions were also emailed through.

At Tuesday’s Moyne Shire meeting, councillors voted unanimously to pass a motion that will see the drooping sheoaks planted on both sides of James Street during autumn next year.

The project will cost $60,000.

Councillor Jordan Lockett said letting residents have their say through an online survey was a “fantastic initiative”.

“(The sheoaks) have won the online survey. It's good to see digital democracy taking place within the Moyne Shire,” he said.

Port Fairy historian Marten Syme has said the section of James Street between Campbell Street and Ocean Drive originally featured sheoaks, which were replaced by the cypress trees between 1927 and the Second World War.

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