The Central Tilba community has overwhelmingly supported the retention of a large red gum tree in plans for a new formalised car park.
Following calls by the business community for extra parking at Central Tilba last year, Eurobodalla Council worked with the Chamber of Commerce to plan construction of a formal car park at the end of Bate Street.
A large red gum tree, just below the ABC Cheese Factory, was proposed to be removed in the works.
Initial discussions with business owners late last year showed support for the plans however the wider community voiced opposition to the tree’s removal.
Council’s design team drafted two more plans it took to the community in February. Both provided 17 sealed car park spaces within the $175,000 budget, however the first option retained the red gum while a second option required its removal.
Council received more than 100 formal submissions in response to the revised designs and will now proceed with the option that retains the tree. Preliminary works will begin in the lead up to Easter.
Council’s Manager of Works Tony Swallow said the community consultation resulted in a good outcome for all.
“It was clear there was initially a strong variance in views within the community and we’ve been able to move from a divided view, to one of strong consensus on the preferred solution,” he said.
“We are pleased to be able to provide extra car parking to support the economic development of Central Tilba, an iconic historic village that is a real jewel within Eurobodalla.”
As discussed in the consultation process, preliminary works will involve the removal of a smaller eucalypt closer to Bate Street for construction of an access road. Some lower limbs of the larger red gum will also be removed to meet Australian standards and enable construction.
Construction of the car park will begin after the Tilba Easter Festival and should be complete by the end of June, weather permitting. Media Release
Above: A large red gum tree, just below the ABC Cheese Factory, was proposed to be removed in the works. Initial discussions with business owners late last year showed support for the plans however the wider community voiced opposition to the tree’s removal. The tree remains