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    Dr Tim Harrison, Ararat Rural City Council chief executive.

Ararat pines consultation

Norfolk Island pine trees along Ararat’s Barkly Street will be the subject of community consultation as Ararat Rural City Council works to determine their fate.

The council’s chief executive Tim Harrison said several of the trees appeared to be in poor condition, which could be attributable to disease, high temperatures and-or reduced rainfall.

Dr Harrison said the trees could also have reached the end of their natural lifespan.

He said dead trees or those in poor condition could pose a public safety risk.

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The council elected to undertake community consultation in preparation for the end of the trees’ lives, working to determine the historical significance of the trees and identify appropriate replacement species.

“Our community’s ideas are essential in shaping a plan that not only revitalises our streetscape and brings back our tree cover, but also fosters a vibrant aesthetic that reflects the values of our community,” Dr Harrison said.

People can share their thoughts on the trees by visiting the Engage Ararat website at

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