We conducted an audit of the trees across the cemetery, this audit has shown we need to remove 50 declining cypress and 4 eucalypts trees due to the potential risk they pose to members of the public and our staff.
Whilst we promote the retention of all trees, those trees which have deteriorated beyond remedial care and pose a risk to the public, must be removed.
The permit to remove and replace trees at Keilor Cemetery has been granted by the Brimbank City Council.
The tree removals will be a staged approach and take place from 11 January to 31 March.
During this period, the contractor will have trucks and tree chipping machines on site.
The contractor has a traffic management plan in place, and traffic controllers will operate for the duration the works.
The trees will be replaced by a mix of native evergreen species that are fast growing, are well adapted to the location, attracting native bird life and providing seasonal interest.
The cypress trees will be replaced with flowering gums and a sugar gum, several brittle gums and angophoras will replace the other trees.
The re-planting will occur in autumn/winter 2021, which is the next planting season.
This will allow for the soil to recover and any remaining roots to break down so that the new trees will have the best environment for establishing and growing well.
There will be no disruption to funeral services during the tree removal works.
Thank you for your patience while the works are taking place.
For any enquiries please contact customer care on 1300 022 298.