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Fate of old gum tree still hangs in the balance

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June 11, 2018

VICROADS is still awaiting the final report from an arborist which will decide the fate of an old gum tree in Echuca.

VICROADS is still awaiting the final report from an arborist which will decide the fate of an old gum tree in Echuca.

The road agency initially said that the tree, which is on the corner of Campaspe Espl and Warren St, would be removed to make way for a widened road as part of the Echuca-Moama bridge project.

But that was met with an outcry from Echuca’s Jennafer Whelan who vehemently believes the tree, which is between 250-350 years old, does not need to be removed.

Echuca-Moama bridge project director Nigel Powers said the tree was being assessed.

‘‘Once that report is finalised, we will review the recommendations and consult with the relevant stakeholders before making a final decision,’’ he said.

Mrs Whelan said she had been encouraged at the number of people, locally and from afar, who have contacted her with information, advice and to share their concern.

Meanwhile, expressions of interest for stage three of the project, which includes the design and construction of the Murray River crossing, have now opened to pre-qualified contractors.

EOI opened on May 30 and will close on June 27.

There will be a short-listing of three respondents to the EOI and it is anticipated the request for tender will be towards the end of 2018.

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