‘Suitable’ trees will replace eucalypts removed from Camden CBD

Suitable planting: Crepe Myrtle trees may replace two eucalypt trees removed from Camden's CBD following an incident involving a burst water main.
Suitable planting: Crepe Myrtle trees may replace two eucalypt trees removed from Camden's CBD following an incident involving a burst water main.

Camden Council has confirmed it will replace two large eucalypt trees cut down and removed from a street frontage position in Camden CBD several weeks ago.

Roots from the two Oxley Street eucalypts (located in front of the multi-deck car park) had caused extensive damage to a water main. 

Mature trees (1.5 to 2.2metres high) “appropriate for the safety and amenity of this public space” will be replanted in the same location after summer, when planting conditions improve.

A council spokesperson said an investigation to determine the most appropriate tree species for location was under way.

The tree species being considered are Crepe Myrtle and Brush Box.

Mayor Peter Sidgreaves said staff had worked hard to maintain the health of the eucalypts during construction of the multi-deck car park in 2017.

“While it is unfortunate they were removed it was important to ensure that no further damage was done to water services,’’ he said.