Trees - Frequently Asked Questions

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When and where will tree planting take place?

Around 79 semi-advanced high-quality trees with a height between 2.0 and 3.5m will be planted along the nature strips of Barney Street, By Street, Dunlop Street and Harold Street,  North Parramatta from mid-March 2019. 

41 trees will be planted in Jessie Street, Caroline Street and Queens Road, Westmead.

Tree planting including site preparation will typically occur between 7am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. 

Will the planting of the trees cause traffic disruptions?

Site preparations and planting will be undertaken in stages. Trees and supplies for each stage of planting will delivered daily with only minimal equipment on your street each day. 

It is expected that the tree planting program on each street will be completed within approximately two days (subject to site conditions and weather). Traffic controllers will be in place as required to ensure pedestrians and motorists are guided appropriately at delivery times.

Changes to on-street parking 

Due to the large size of trees being planted, throughout the planting program on-street parking spaces directly adjacent to the tree planting locations will be barricaded with bollards for 24-hours to provide contractors access to the planting site.  Small trucks throughout the day will manage removal of excavated soil, the delivery of premium soil, our new trees and watering. Parking spaces will be returned to public use as soon as each tree is planted.     

What equipment will be used on site?

Small machinery including excavators, tipper and watering trucks the size of a small car will be used throughout the project at various times. 
 
Will I need to do anything to maintain the trees?

No. To help the trees become established Council will commence an intensive watering and maintenance program and will continue to care for the trees. However, we do ask that residents report any concerns about the trees to the Parramatta Light Rail Tree Planting and Neighbourhood Improvement project team. Contact City of Parramatta on telephone 02 9806 5050 or email plr-trees@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au 

What is the tag attached to each tree?

Each tree planted as part of the Parramatta Light Rail Tree Planting and Neighbourhood Improvement project has an identification tag to help the City of Parramatta track tree health and development. 

We encourage residents to help maintain the wellbeing of these trees by taking note of the tag number and reporting any concerns to the Parramatta Light Rail Tree Planting and Neighbourhood Improvement project team. Contact City of Parramatta on telephone 9806 5050 or email
plr-trees@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

PARRAMATTA LIGHT RAIL   

The Parramatta Light Rail Offset

Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 will connect Westmead to Carlingford via Parramatta CBD and Camellia with a two-way track spanning 12 kilometres, to open in 2023.

To enable the construction and operation of the Parramatta Light Rail, it is inevitable that some trees in the path of the light rail network will require removal.  However, as part of its planning consent, Parramatta Light Rail is required to plant up to eight trees for every tree lost.

As per the project’s Environmental Impact Statement and fact sheets available on the Parramatta Light Rail project website, between 1900 and 2650 trees along the Stage 1 route will be removed. 

While it’s sad to see these trees go, we are asking for the support of local residents to ensure the young trees are given the opportunity to grow and thrive. With this community support, these trees will help create shade, reduce pollution, and provide beautiful green spaces for everyone to enjoy.

The new trees will help provide shade and reduce urban heat, as well as create more attractive neighbourhoods in Parramatta. 

For more information visit the Parramatta Light Rail project

For Parramatta Light Rail project enquiries, please contact the 24-hour Community Information Line on 1800 139 389 or email parramattalightrail@transport.nsw.gov.au