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July 12, 2022

Plans to revitalise Figtree Park as a green space with accessible facilities for the enjoyment of the Hunters Hill community have taken another step forward.

An assessment process is now under way for a development application for preparation works, following the close of a public exhibition period, in which 39 submissions were received.

The application will be independently determined by the Local Planning Panel.

The application is for the removal of selected trees and pruning of several others to facilitate the park’s revitalisation.

A Hunter’s Hill Council-commissioned arborist’s report identified most of these trees as ‘priority for removal’ and ‘consider for removal’ due to the presence of decay, wounds, deadwood, epicormic growth or suppression.

A Statement of Environmental Effects said the trees were of low retention value and did not contribute to the overall significance of the Hunters Hill heritage conservation area.

Two trees proposed for removal and identified in the arborist’s report as ‘consider for retention’ would be replaced in future landscaping.

A planting strategy is featured in concept plans, developed following extensive community consultation, for the broader Figtree Park project, which is to be funded with a $4.75 million grant under the NSW Government’s Public Spaces Legacy Program.

Mayor Zac Miles said trees were an important part of the Hunters Hill aesthetic and Figtree Park was no exception.

Any trees proposed for removal would be supplemented by extra plantings.

“Many mature trees already exist on site and special consideration has been taken to retain as many as possible under the proposed plans for the park’s revitalisation,” Clr Miles said.

Concept plans for an inclusive playspace are designed around trees in the park, making these a central feature and enhancing opportunities for nature play.”

A proposed amenities block was also situated with consideration to trees already on site and materials such as timber cladding would create a look and feel consistent with the surrounding green space.

“The community consultation on plans for Figtree Park have been well-informed and extensive,” Clr Miles said.

“We are looking forward to creating an accessible and inclusive green space in the heart of Hunters Hill Village that provides more opportunities for our community to enjoy all that Figtree Park has to offer.”

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jacqui Jones, Communications Officer. Phone: (02) 9879 9400

Email: jonesj@huntershill.nsw.gov.au

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