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Tree removals in Centennial Park, January - April 2023

Published on 15 Feb 2023

2 large dead pine trees within Guriwal bush trail

Thursday 23 and Friday 2 February
Location of the trees that needs to be removed

A regular year-round tree inspection was recently carried out by our in-house arboriculture team who found two large pine trees within the Guriwal bushtucker trail which pose a safety risk to our park users. Following a thorough risk assessment, the decision has been made to remove both trees for the safety of our visitors.
As a result, a worksite will be set up in the cycle lanes along Grand Drive, just south of Fearnley Grounds between the hours of 9am and 4pm on Thursday the 23rd and Friday the 24th of February. Cyclists will be merged into vehicle lanes around the worksite with the aid of traffic control.
We advise motorists to use caution as traffic management will be in place to control merge and pedestrian activity around the site.
Cycle lanes will reopen once removal is complete.
The two large dead pine trees, which will be removed

Tree replacement strategy

Centennial Parklands receive over 30 million visits annually so public safety is our top priority. The tree population of Centennial Parklands is now over 16,000 with 234 different species.
As trees decline and reach the end of their life, the risk of branch failure or a tree becoming structurally unsound increases and needs to be closely monitored and managed. Eventually a tree may need to be removed once other tree management strategies become insufficient for public safety or sustaining the health of a tree. Learn more about ‘Circle of (a tree) Life’
In the next 40 years, a large percentage of our tree population, especially those that are already mature or over-mature will need to be replaced due to their terminal decline. To combat this, we plant trees annually to succeed trees reaching the end of the lifelcycle. We aim to replace all trees removed due to age, as soon as possible as well as increasing the tree population each year to ensure that Centennial Parklands remains one of Sydney’s best loved and healthy green spaces. Find out more about our tree planting and maintenance program.