Council plants the seed for extra trees on Nepean Highway
1 August 2017
Kingston Council has called for new and improved tree planting along Nepean Highway in a bid to make the key transport corridor safer and more attractive.
Kingston Mayor David Eden said Council was seeking VicRoads support for the plan to include additional native trees to beautify the busy road.
“We’re keen to plant more natives and build on existing plantings – such as the iconic Norfolk Island pine trees at Moorabbin and Canary Island palm trees in Mordialloc – to build pride in our city,” Cr Eden said.
“Increasing the numbers of native trees, and better maintenance of the existing greenery along the Nepean Highway, has the potential to make the strip a lot safer, and more attractive, for the community.”
Council will prepare a draft plan on enhancement of the trees along the Nepean Highway following a motion passed at a recent Council meeting.
“Our plan will outline ways to safely boost the number of trees – with a preference for suitable native and local foreshore species, while avoiding the removal of healthy and mature trees in the area.”
“In addition to the environmental benefits, suitable indigenous plants can improve road safety by screening out oncoming headlights and providing a barrier to prevent cars crossing the centre median,” Cr Eden said.