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Operational impacts in Centennial Park for tree safety works (5-6 March)

We will be undertaking important tree safety works on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 March 2018 to remove a large Port Jackson Fig, Ficus rubiginosa, which is in terminal decline in Centennial Park on Grand Drive (near Robertson Road Gates).

The tree is suffering from substantial upper canopy decay, crown dieback and is overall in terminal decline. The tree has a history of branch failures and after a Quantified Tree Risk Assessment by Centennial Parklands’ Arborists, it must be removed for public safety reasons.

A comprehensive tree succession plan is currently underway to replace tree removal gaps around the entire Grand Drive circuit using a historical planting sequence of trees with the same species.

Works information

Due to the size, location and proximity of the tree to visitors and residents, the work must be carried out during the day and using a large crane.

Works will take place from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm (weather permitting) and involve grinding of the stump and the spoil removal woodchipped onsite. There will be some noise associated with the works.

Operational changes

Access will be maintained on Grand Drive for vehicles and cyclists traffic. However, the works will require Robertson Road Gates - entry and exit - to be closed to vehicles and cyclists for the duration of the works for safety reasons.

Alternative access for vehicles and cyclists will be via Jervois, Paddington or Randwick Gates. Traffic management will be onsite to direct traffic around the works and two VMS road signs will be placed on Lang Road to notify people approaching the gates.

As the removal will involve the use of a crane and loud machinery there will be no access for horses while the works take place due to the associated noise and works in close proximity to the chicane entry and horse track. The Horse Track will be reopened to horses at 5.00 pm each day for horses to use the Grand Drive circuit.

A temporary pedestrian footpath will be also be set up for pedestrians and dog walkers.

See map below for full Traffic Management Plan.


Further information

We work to keep our 15,000 trees healthy and beautiful by maintaining our trees, planting new trees and only removing trees when required or necessary.

We receive many questions about trees that are felled or removed despite ‘appearing healthy’ on the outside. But what many people do not know is that trees, like humans, are susceptible to a large and diverse range of health issues and structural defects. 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.

To find out more about how we manage our trees please read our Tree Master Plan here and read our blog on the life cyle of a tree here.