Vote for a new signature tree for Lismore

Thursday, 07 December 2017

Lismore City Council is seeking community feedback on options for a signature tree for Lismore.

The concept of a signature tree for the city was originally proposed by the ABC’s Gardening Guru Phil Dudman and was adopted by Council in February 2017.

A signature street tree is designed to beautify the city and be a tourist attraction, much like Grafton’s jacaranda, as well as align with Lismore’s name, which comes from the Gaelic Lios Mor, meaning ‘great garden’.

A series of suitable species have been chosen from Council’s Street Tree Masterplan, and Lismore residents are now being asked to vote on their preferred tree. The options proposed are:

  • Illawarra flame tree (Brachychiton acerifolius)
  • Tree waratah (Alloxylon Flammeum)
  • Hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii)
  • Silky oak (Grevillea robusta)
  • Coolamon tree (Syzygium moorei)

People can also provide feedback on where they would like to see the trees planted via an interactive online mapping tool.

“We would like people to rank in order of preference the tree they think Lismore should have as its signature tree, and then tell us where they should be planted,” Council’s Assets Manager Scott Turner said.

“We have a new online consultation hub called Your Say Lismore, which makes a community consultation such as this easy and effective.”

Residents have until 15 January 2018 to vote for their favourite signature tree. The results will be reported to Council in early 2018 for a final decision.

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