Greening Randwick Meeting














Tuesday 8 November 2011










Administrative Centre 30 Frances Street Randwick 2031

Telephone: 02 9399 0999 or

1300 722 542 (for Sydney metropolitan area)

Fax:02 9319 1510













Greening Randwick                                                                                           8 November 2011














Greening Randwick Meeting


Notice is hereby given that a Greening Randwick Meeting of the Council of the City of Randwick will be held in the Randwick Room, Ground Floor, Council Administration Building, 30 Frances Street, Randwick, on Tuesday, 8 November 2011 at 5:30pm.



Committee Members:           The Mayor, S Nash (Deputy Chairperson), Belleli, Hughes (Chairperson), Stevenson, Tracey, Woodsmith, Ms Jocelyn McGirr, Ms Julia Batty, Ms Roslyn Mcculloch, Ms Rona Wade and Mr Reg Creaton


Quorum:                           Four (4) members



Apologies/Granting of Leave of Absences 

Declarations of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

Address of Committee by Members of the Public

Urgent Business

Greening Randwick Report

G1/11       Street Tree Masterplan Review    

Notice of Rescission Motions








Ray Brownlee

General Manager

Greening Randwick                                                                                           8 November 2011



Greening Randwick Report No. G1/11



Subject:                  Street Tree Masterplan Review

Folder No:                   F2004/07359

Author:                   Bryan Bourke, Tree Management Officer     




Council at its Ordinary Council meeting of 22 June 2010 resolved (Matson/Woodsmith) “that:


a)     Council assesses the need to review its ‘Street Tree Master Plan’ by reconvening the Greening Randwick Committee to reconsider the matter and forward a report to the Environmental Committee; and


b)     the General Manager and the Chair of The Environment Committee be       delegated authority to invite replacement community representatives to    participate in the Greening Randwick Committee should the previous    representatives be unavailable.”




Council’s Works Committee reviewed its Street Tree Masterplan on Tuesday 12 June 2007, where a number of additional tree species were recommended for inclusion in the Masterplan document. That review also included an assessment of all species contained within the Masterplan and whether they were successful and appropriate for planting within the City as well as any problems that were being encountered.


The review concluded that most species were performing quite well but that there were some that were not performing as well as expected.


The addition of the sixteen additional tree species nominated was seen as complementing the palette of species already contained within the document while at the same time enhancing habitat and food source provision, year-round floral display and the overall visual amenity of the City. This matter was then referred to the Greening Randwick Committee on Tuesday 28 August 2007 where all sixteen species where approved for inclusion in the Masterplan.    


During the ensuing five-year period the Street Tree Masterplan and its objectives have been constantly reviewed and assessed by tree management staff. The document strategies have been strictly adhered to and nominated species have performed quite well in often hostile environments – particularly along the coastal fringe. However, there have been minor issues with a small number of species that have necessitated them being reassessed as street tree species and the circumstances in which they are planted. This is particularly the case with Hibiscus tileaceus (Cottonwood), which have if anything been far more successful than could have been anticipated. Although they grow well in even the harshest of environments they drop copious amounts of leaf litter throughout the entire year, their flowers are quite slippery and their roots are renowned for intruding into terracotta sewer pipes. As a result, tree management staff now only plant this species in wide nature strip areas and have essentially replaced them with Hibiscus ‘Rubra’ – the much smaller red leafed variety. Because Syzygium luehmannii (Small-leafed Lilly Pillys) were not performing as well as anticipated, tree management staff have effectively replaced them with the much better performing Waterhousia floribunda (Weeping Lilly Pilly). In essence, though, all other species in the Masterplan that are being utilized for street and park planting are performing well and improving the overall visual amenity of the City.   


Relationship to City Plan


The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:


Outcome 10:                 A Healthy Environment.

Direction 10c:            Land use planning and management enhances and protects biodiversity and natural heritage.

Key actions:                           Create corridors throughout the City, linking and enhancing local native flora and fauna habitats.  


Financial Impact Statement


There are no financial impacts of this report.




By far the majority of species contained within Council’s Street Tree Masterplan are performing quite well and enhancing the City environment. The Masterplan objectives and strategies are being adhered to by tree management staff wherever possible and are being constantly reviewed. This has lead to three additional tree species being assessed by tree staff as being appropriate for incorporation into the document and their inclusion would complement existing species and improve the visual aesthetics of the City.




That Council incorporates the recommended additional three tree species into its Street Tree Masterplan document.





Overview of cultural requirements and growth habits of three additional tree species recommended for inclusion in Council’s Street Tree Masterplan.





Overview of cultural requirements and growth habits of three additional tree species recommended for inclusion in Council’s Street Tree Masterplan. /  /

Attachment 1



Caesalpinia ferrea                              Leopard Tree

(Caes-al-pin-ia fer-rea)










Small to medium sized tree, to a local height of approx 8 metres


Dense, well rounded canopy. Usually single trunked. Semi deciduous



A deciduous tree growing to around 8-10 metres. Commonly seen as a single trunked tree with a dense medium-domed canopy of handsome appearance. Attractive spotted/mottled bark




Coogee Valley Floor, Leeward Slopes (north), Swamp Valley Floor (north), Remnant Dunes (north/south)


Fruit    Flat elongated legume ripening to brown in autumn

Flowers    Terminal panicle of yellow flowers

Leaves    Compound, bipinnate – reddish at first becoming bright green

Bark    Attractively mottled in random patches


Melaleuca bracteata ‘Revolution Gold’      Revolution Gold

(Mela-leuc-a brac-te-ata)







Inland Australia


Flowers appear in late Spring-Summer


Small tree growing to 5 metres with a canopy spread of 3 metres


Small erect tree with a conical crown



A small evergreen tree with gold foliage ideal for planting under powerlines. Very hardy once established


Nominated Precincts

Plateau, Leeward Slopes (north), Swamp Valley Floor (south), Remnant Dunes (north/south)


Fruit     Grey-brown cup shaped capsules

Flowers     Profuse white cylindrical spikes   

Leaves     Narrow lanceolate, yellow-green

Bark     Deeply furrowed grey-brown bark


Ulmus glabra ‘Lutescens’                         Golden Elm

(Ul-mus glab-ra ‘Lu-tes-cens’)






Northern Europe


Late August-early September


Generally up to 8-10 metres with a 5-6 metre spread


Broad, open canopy with lime green leaves



Attractive medium deciduous tree with dense rounded canopy and attractive lime green foliage, becoming golden in autumn.


Nominated Precinct/s

Coogee Valley Floor, Maroubra Valley Floor, Leeward Slopes (south/central/north), Plateau, Remnant Dunes (north/south)


Fruit     Winged membrane     

Flowers     Insignificant    



Leaves     Broadly elliptical, lime green in colour changing to golden yellow in autumn    

Bark     Grey-brown and slightly furrowed. Often covered in lichen