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Nov 22, 2021 | News, Parliament

My constituency question is for Minister D’Ambrosio. My constituent raised with me that with the harsh winds and the many storms in recent weeks trees throughout my electorate have fallen, putting the health and safety of our community at risk. I would like to thank all the SES units who have assisted with this clean-up. We are so fortunate as a community to have the SES volunteers take their spare time to assist those who are in trouble. Whitehorse City Council alone received over 800 requests relating to tree damage in the last week. A tree removalist in my electorate informed me that 70 to 75 per cent of work from the storms has been eucalypts. Eucalypts continue to be planted as street trees despite the high prevalence at which they fall. They do not call them ‘widow makers’ for nothing. So I ask: what risk analysis has the government carried out regarding the appropriateness of these types of trees planted in residential streets and the impacts storms and strong winds can have on these trees in our ever-changing climate?

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