At the Ordinary Council Meeting on 24 October 2023, Council resolved to endorse a five-year tree removal program for nature strip trees in Valley Lake assessed as being in “poor” or “very poor” condition. A total of six trees are scheduled to be removed on Granite Way and Peregrine Rise, Valley Lake, in June 2024.

To maintain a consistent neighbourhood character, the same replacement trees will be planted throughout Granite Way and Peregrine Rise. Council would like your help to choose a replacement tree species for the streets and have provided you with three suitable, climate resilient, high-performing urban street trees for your consideration. The options include one non-native deciduous (drops leaves) and two native trees for you to choose from.

Each household in Granite Way and Peregrine Rise, along with the broader community, are invited to let us know their preference on which replacement tree they would like planted.

The tree options are:

Eucalyptus polyanthemos (Red Box)

Type: Evergreen native, mature size: 10-15m x 5-6m
Indigenous to Victoria. Disease and pest resistant, with a high tolerance for poor, stony and shallow soils. Rough brown bark and highly ornamental silver foliage.

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (Green Ash)

Type: Deciduous exotic, mature size: 10-15m x 6-8m
An upright oval-shaped shade tree with colourful autumn foliage. Adaptable and well suited to urban conditions.

Eucalyptus melliodora (Yellow Box)

Type: Evergreen native, mature size: 12-16m x 8-10m
Indigenous to Victoria. Partially rough, variable bark with a broader canopy. Honey scented flowers valuable to pollinators.