In 2006, Council commissioned a street tree audit to develop a database of all trees within the Bathurst Heritage Conservation Area, heritage-listed urban parks, the main city entrance roads as well as the villages of Hill End and Rockley.
The aim of the commission was to produce a database and accompanying report that provided short, medium, and long-term strategies for tree maintenance and management along Council road reserves in the specified Heritage Conservation Area (HCA) and major transport gateways. Prepared by Australian Tree Consultants Pty Ltd and adopted by Council in 2007, a total of 4421 individual trees and approximately 120 different tree species were identified during the assessment.
In March 2021, Council again engaged the services of Australian Tree Consultants Pty Ltd, through a competitive quotation process, to prepare and present an updated Street Tree Assessment of trees located within all eleven HCA’s and within five heritage-listed urban parks identified in the Bathurst Regional Local Environmental Plan 2014, as well as four major gateways to Bathurst.
This requirement was brought about by recommendations contained under Section 9 of the Bathurst Region Vegetation Management Plan (2019), whereby Council is required to maintain and enhance the heritage significance of Bathurst and other HCA’s through updating the 2007 Heritage Tree Assessment Report.
The street tree assessment update was confined to Council’s roadside corridors and median strips within the HCA’s of Bathurst and the villages of Hill End, Perthville, Evans Plains, Peel, Sofala, Wattle Flat, Rockley and Trunkey Creek, as well as major gateways into the City of Bathurst including the Mitchell Highway, Mid-Western Highway, Gilmore Street - Sofala Road and Vale Road, and five heritage-listed urban parks including Centennial Park, George Park, Kings Parade, Machattie Park, and Victoria Park. These areas are estimated to incorporate 54 kilometres of urban roads, 31 kilometres of rural village roads and 18 hectares of urban parklands.
It is anticipated that the updated street tree assessment will be used by Council to:
• Maintain the character, function, and aesthetic appeal of the Bathurst regions HCA’s, it’s heritage-listed urban parks and City entrances.
• Contribute to the determination of tree maintenance schedules.
• Contribute to the determination and scheduling of tree replacement programs, as finances become available
• Minimise its risk in relation to public liability, including injury and damage to persons or property.
• Reduce costs associated with maintaining sub-optimal trees.
The completed report will make recommendations regarding tree maintenance and management within the framework of Council’s existing Bathurst Region Vegetation Management Plan, Guidelines for Tree Management and Tree Preservation Order.