Bellarine Bayside wants to provide you with not only the best holiday experience, but one that gets better every year. To do this we need to improve maintenance, campground amenities and the environmental values of our reserve. One of the key components of our planning is risk assessment. The safety of our holiday park patrons and visitors to our parks is of the utmost importance and underlies every decision we make.
This approach has led us to the difficult decision to remove 30 ageing cypress trees at Portarlington Holiday Park. An independent arborist’s report has confirmed that the trees need to be removed as there is a risk of branch breakage and potential injury to campers or damage to caravans, cars and camping equipment.
Feedback from our recent consultation indicated that the replacement of the trees is a priority for many of our campers and neighbours.
Bellarine Bayside has engaged a landscape architect to prepare a landscape plan to guide the landscaping of the sites after tree removal. We intend to use quick-growing native trees, and advanced specimens where supply is available, and sites will be re-established using a mixture of instant turf and grass seed. This remediation will take place immediately after the tree removal.
The good news is that we anticipate that ocean views will be improved with the removal of the cypresses.
We are interested in community feedback about landscaping for this site. We invite interested community members to provide feedback via https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/tree_removal or by emailing email@example.com by close of business on the 17th July 2015.
The tree removal will take approximately one month and will be completed before the commencement of the school holidays on 19 September.
The removal and landscape plans are available to download from the Bellarine Bayside website.