It has been a two year campaign to save the Bacchus March Avenue of Honour from the removal of trees for the construction of a roundabout and truck bypass.
We are delighted to report that the Avenue of Honour in Bacchus Marsh will be retained in its entirety, following a welcome decision by Planning Minister Matthew Guy to refuse a permit for the removal of five mature elm trees and for the construction of a large roundabout. The issue has been running for more than two years, and we have worked hard with the local community, in particluar the Avenue Preservation Inc., to campaign against the roundabout and tree removal.
Minister Guy’s press release sates: “I have considered an independent report by the Heritage Council Permits Committee and believe it is critical to ensure the continuous and uninterrupted nature of this significant cultural heritage landmark,” Mr Guy said.
“There are other alternatives to the proposed roadwork by VicRoads which will now be examined to provide similar improvements for road transport,” Mr Guy said.
National Trust of Australia (Vic)