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City of Ballarat Community Magazine December 2011
Protect Ballarat’s Elm Trees
There are many magnificent elm trees throughout the Ballarat area, in
parks, streets and private gardens, and they are all under threat from the
Elm Leaf Beetle this summer.
The Elm Leaf Beetle has the potential to cause severe defoliation of elms,
which can weaken mature trees and reduce their aesthetic and amenity
value. Elms suffering from repeated elm leaf beetle attack are also more
susceptible to other pests and disease.
The Elm Leaf Beetle, which only feeds on the elm species, is approximately
1cm long and is yellow and black. The symptoms on the tree will be “shot
holes” (small round holes) in the elm leaves. The beetle hibernates over winter
and will have recently emerged to feed on newly developing elm leaves.
A program to monitor Council’s 5,000 elm trees will be conducted during
the summer to determine the extent of any outbreaks of the beetle.
This information will be used to plan a suitable control program for the
following season and will depend upon the extent and severity of beetle
Council has already begun a soil injection program to ensure the beetles
don’t pose a major threat to the city’s population of park and street elm trees,
including the impressive Exeter Elm adjacent to the Adam Lindsay Gordon
Cottage and the W G Grace Elm at the Eastern Oval. The chemical injected
into the soil is a systemic insecticide which will be present throughout the
tree and will kill the beetles and lar vae as they feed on the leaves. This
treatment is effective for up to four years.
City of Ballarat encourages all residents to assist its efforts to monitor
Council trees and urges owners of elms to carefully and regularly examine
their elm trees. Council officers may also be able to help with identification
and advice on trees on private property. If you suspect you have seen Elm
Leaf Beetles or resulting damage on elm trees, call Council’s Customer
Service Department at 5320 5500.
For information on Elm Leaf Beetle identification and control options, visit
the Friends of the Elms web site at www.vicnet.net.au/~fote.
Koala Project Wins Award
A unique and innovative City of Ballarat project – a brochure titled Your
Guide to Living with Koalas – has won a Planning Excellence Award from
the Planning Institute of Australia.
The brochure won the ‘Improving Planning Processes and Practices’ category
of the Planning Excellence 2011 Victoria Awards.
In their summation the judges were "impressed with the unique and
innovative nature of the project...which successfully incorporates a practical
environmental conservation program for the protection of koalas within the
planning system, becoming the first council in Victoria to produce a Koala
Plan of Management."
Your Guide to Living with Koalas explains the Koala Overlay and the various
measures the community can take to help protect koalas and their habitat,
as well as encouraging more koalas in their neighbourhood.
The City of Ballarat, in a Victorian first, launched the brochure in Februar y this
year. The brochure is a resource for residents living in and around the Koala
Overlay and is designed to assist residents to understand what it means to
live within the Overlay, particularly in terms of removing vegetation, gaining
planning approvals, appropriate fencing and protecting koalas from dogs.
Brochures were sent to all residents in the Overlay area earlier this year
and are now available at the Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall and The
Phoenix. The brochure is also available at Council’s website: www.ballarat.
LAkE WENdOurEE AWArd NOmINATIONs
Two major projects which helped secure a long term water supply for
Lake Wendouree were recently nominated for industry awards.
The City of Ballarat was a finalist in the 2011 CCF Earth Awards for its
joint submission with Pipecon for the Redan Wetlands to Lake Wendouree
It was also a finalist in the Victorian Engineering Excellence Awards 2011
for its project, A Secure Water Supply for Lake Wendouree, which was
entered in the ‘Infrastructure, Projects up to 20 Million’ category.
Both projects were instrumental in harnessing stormwater to secure a
sustainable, long term water supply for Lake Wendouree.
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