Olinda-Monbulk Road tree maintenance works

28 March 2023

We have attended to 47 trees along Olinda-Monbulk Road to make the road safer. If these trees had been left untreated they could have presented a hazard to road users.

Crane holding a tree uprightThis work was completed as part of the Victorian Government’s $780 million investment in the state’s road maintenance program.

What we did

Trees in a section of the road between the Invermay Road intersection and 218 Olinda-Monbulk Road were assessed by experts and judged to be in poor condition and unsafe.  

Wherever possible we prune trees rather than removing them. However, most of the 47 trees had to be removed due to their poor condition.

The work was split into two stages because some trees were near power lines. This meant power had to be cut to some residences to deal with these trees safely. We completed most of the work in stage 1 in March. Stage 2 in early May included the disconnection of power and attending to the remaining trees.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we carried out these important maintenance works.

Protecting glider and other habitatProtecting native animals and habitat

The project was led by a senior environmental specialist who worked closely with arboriculture and fauna specialists and ground crews to balance safety and protection for the environment. 

This allowed us to:

  • Identify more trees that needed work.
  • Protect important habitat without compromising safety of work crews.
  • Relocate impacted habitat (such as tree hollows) in other areas at ground level so birds and animals can continue to use it.
  • Safely manage wildlife on site. Fauna specialists caught this young male glider and safely released it elsewhere on site. 

Re-use of timber

We are committed to sustainable and local re-use of timber wherever possible. Due to the variety of the trees that we have removed and pruned, timber has been stored, and it will then be assessed and distributed for re-use where appropriate. 

Quality tree hollows have been kept on site for ongoing habitat as much as possible. 

Contact us

For more information about this project, please get in touch.

Email: [email protected] with the subject line “Olinda-Monbulk Road tree maintenance”. 

To find out more about the other types of maintenance we do to keep you moving throughout the year visit our Metro Melbourne Maintenance page.

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