Planting of Macksville street trees now complete

Macksville’s appeal has been improved thanks to the planting of 13 trees in the town centre.

The mix of medium-sized native weeping lilly pilly trees and magnolia little gems have been planted in no stopping zones on River, Cooper, Wallace and Princess streets since late February.

Nambucca Shire Mayor Rhonda Hoban welcomed the completion of this project, which is part of the broader Macksville Town Centre Revitalisation Plan led by the Nambucca Valley Business Advisory Committee.

“The street-scape in Macksville is far prettier now that new trees border the pavement,” Cr Hoban said.

“Enhancing the visual appeal of Macksville was an aim of Council’s business advisory committee to help businesses and shops attract customers after the town was bypassed.

“When I walk down the streets of Macksville now, it feels more vibrant than it did in the weeks preceding the opening of the Phillip Hughes Bridge and Pacific Highway in December 2017.

“Improvements like the artistic murals in Wallace Lane and 13 new street trees have helped to create a vibrant atmosphere.”

Macksville Postal Manager Dale Bell agreed saying the new trees outside the post office had beautified the corner. 

“Trees are always a beautiful addition to a town and we are fortunate these have been put in,” Ms Bell said.

“The three new bench seats will be well used by customers I’m sure.”

The Macksville Town Centre Revitalisation Plan was endorsed by Council in April 2017. It included the street landscape design improvements as well as other initiatives, such as lighting the Macksville bridge and reinstalling some street verandas, to be completed as budgets permit or as grant funding is gained.

Landscape design company Redbelly prepared the concept plan for the street trees, Council’s Project Engineer Stephen Fowler worked on the detail design and local company Fortade Earthmoving carried out the construction. The project cost $213,000 and it was delivered with the loss of only one undersized car parking space in River Street.   

Planter boxes were built for the trees in order to retain the road pavement while providing adequate soil for the trees to grow in. Tree species were selected to tolerate poorly drained soils, be good growers and require low maintenance.

The Nambucca Valley Business Advisory Committee is made up of key business people, Chamber of Commerce representatives, some Councillors and interested residents. It was formed in March 2017 after a public expression of interest period.

For enquiries please contact the Mayor, Rhonda Hoban on 65695556 or 0408 661 412 or General Manager, Michael Coulter on 65680200 or 0409153788.