Goulburn Mulwaree Council has filled the pedestrian islands in Auburn Street with planter boxes containing Magnolia trees. The Magnolia ‘Little Gems’ will grow to about 4m tall. These trees have dense, glossy leaves, with white flowers in spring and summer, which will add extra colour to the city.
Goulburn Mulwaree business manager of community facilities Rob Hughes said the trees were a fantastic addition that will help soften the concrete buildings throughout the CBD.
“My outdoor team is putting in a huge effort to help beautify the main street as the paving works have been occurring,” Mr Hughes said.
“Hopefully residents are noticing the garden beds on the corners of each block near the traffic lights and the trees we have been planting throughout the area.”
Mayor Bob Kirk was impressed by the end result.
“All people, whether residents or visitors to town, comment on the beauty of Belmore Park,” Cr Kirk said.
“The quality of the garden beds, tree planting and now the use of these planter boxes with trees, reminds me of Belmore Park, and is a credit to the parks and gardens crew.”
While most residents seem delighted at the new trees, some took to Facebook to express concerns about whether the trees would obscure pedestrians.
Jason Shepherd wrote on the Goulburn Mulwaree Council Facebook site: “I think its a good thing. The height of the planters and vegetation when grown may conceal a kid or animal if they are crossing or an adult partially, which cause an accident. Suggest they double check just to be sure.”
Christina Patch said: “It is nice, but I am worried it may block people.”
Meanwhile, the street paving within Auburn Street has been an ongoing project, with contractors currently undertaking work within the block between Clifford and Goldsmith Street. The final block of paving, between Verner and Clinton Streets, will be undertaken in the 2018/19 financial year.
Council has also included $20,000 in each budget year on wards from 2018/19 for street furniture for the CBD, while $260,000 has been allocated within the four year delivery program for public artworks.