People’s Tree Choice

Plantings on the southern approach to Molloy...

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Line of sight

The southern approach to Mount Molloy is the site of a re-beautification project that started in late 2017. A group of interested locals, including Lorne Cubit, Gordon Rasmussen, and Rupert Russell were keen to improve on the amenity of the existing "avenue of trees".

The area extends from a creek at the southern edge of Vains Park about 400m toward Baker's Rd. The country is generally quite rough and of poor soil quality, with about 25% of the area subject to seasonal flooding, and about 50% devoid of any regular water.

Rupert and Juliana Russell undertook a survey of the existing plantings in Nov 2017 and gave an assessment of the potential. In the map below, green markers show trees of reasonably good health, while the yellow and red are either dubious or dead. Orange stars show the potential for new plantings (in the existing spacing). There were 26 new planting spaces identified.

Survey of trees

(grab the KML file and view in your own mapping program, eg Google Earth)

With encouragement from Mayor Tom Gilmore, a working group was formed to come up with a shortlist of species suitable for consideration in this rather harsh and difficult setting.

Putting it to the People

The list of candidate trees was drawn up as a ballot and distributed in paper and online through a survey form. From late March to mid April 2018 locals were invited to make their preferences known. Over 350 preferences were submitted, including ballots collected through the school, the Top Shop, and (most important!) the Pub.

As a result, the following 10 candidates made the cut and have progressed toward the next stage.

Final Tree Candidates

The Plan

The stages of the project, in summary, are:

  1. Inspiration and vision
  2. Survey and consultation
  3. Preferences and priorities
  4. Preparation and planting
  5. Tending and protecting
  6. Enjoying and reflecting

More headlines below...

trench for irrigation and planting holes dug

Southern Plantings proceeding at Molloy

By admin | 16/08/2018

The southern planting crew is staying on schedule with the recent completion of holes and trenching in preparation for planting. The idea was to put a 50cm auger down to about 90cm. The soil will be sufficiently loosened so that the new trees will have a bit easier time of it trying to get established. Ace local contractor Brad Bell made short work of the task with his portable rig running up one side of the road and down the other.…

Trees funded by Council

By admin | 07/05/2018

JAMARR is pleased to thank the Mareeba Shire Council for a cash donation to secure the trees for our Southern Approach beautification project. Cr Nipper Brown led the effort to secure the funding for a project that has attracted interests across the region. Working group member Rupert Russell noted: “This will enable us to purchase really good stock from excellent nurseries.” Rupert has already placed the order for 25 trees from Gaylene Sheather, the head of Douglas Shire’s nursery and…

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