AN avenue of trees in Glenlyon is causing division within the small community.
The Friends of Barkly Street is concerned that the CFA intends to destroy one tree, an elm, which is believed to have been planted to celebrate Federation, to create a driveway onto Barkly Street from its site in the centre of the village.
The issue was raised as a matter of urgent business at last week’s Hepburn Shire Council meeting in Clunes.
“It was to ask the CFA to consider going out the back way into Eldon Street instead of Barkly Street,” mayor Bill McClenaghan said.
When The Advocate contacted Cr McClenaghan at the weekend he was reluctant to talk about the matter so as not to cause more community distress.
“The entire issue has gone completely viral,” he said. “And people are not talking, they’re not telling anyone what’s going on, it’s all sort of hush, hush and there’s misinformation going around everywhere.”
The Hepburn Pool was also in the spotlight at last week’s council meeting, with councillors voting to remove flood related debris.
According to the meeting agenda, during the heavy rainfall events that occurred in 2010-11, the area around the Hepburn Pool was damaged.
“In the immediate aftermath, fallen trees were removed,” the agenda read.
“During 2012 repairs were made to damaged infrastructure. The Flood Recovery Team has been approached to complete the clean up of the site by removing debris from the pool.
“Given the complex history of insurance coverage at the site, advice was sought from the DSE before any work was to be done to ensure that it would not compromise existing public liability insurance.
“Advice has been received that DSE supports the removal of debris from the pool and that this work would have no impact on the existing public liability insurance at the site.”
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