Heritage Trees Chelmer project

Brisbane City Council is pleased to advise that works to preserve the heritage trees on Laurel Avenue, Chelmer commenced mid-October 2020. This project aims to protect and revitalise the existing camphor laurel street trees on Laurel Avenue.

Project summary

Project information for the Heritage Trees Chelmer project.
Address Laurel Avenue, Chelmer
Ward Tennyson
Project outcomes Protect and revitalise the camphor laurel street trees
Latest update Start of construction

About the project

This project is part of Council’s commitment to grow, protect, sustain and celebrate street and park tree assets as an important element of a resilient urban forest that will deliver essential community benefits, such as shade, cooling and amenity for current and future generations.

Some of the camphor laurel trees along Laurel Avenue, Chelmer are estimated to be over 100 years old. The street trees are declining in health and this project aims to protect and revitalise them for the future.

Council will be undertaking works to the camphor laurel trees on the western and eastern side of Laurel Avenue, between houses 14 and 123 Laurel Avenue.

The works will include:

  • Installing underground tree watering systems and associated stormwater drains in the grass verge areas around the camphor laurel street trees to capture and provide more water to the tree roots
  • Installing new BushMates ‘trails’ where agreed with residents between the property boundary and the street trees, including at pedestrian crossing points at Jarrott Street. The Jarrott Street crossing will require some minor vegetation trimming to facilitate the works
  • Installing a new soil structure under the road pavement in some locations along Laurel Avenue, approximately one metre from the kerb and channel, and replacing the affected road pavement. This will increase soil volume and encourage root growth in these areas. This work is a trial for consideration across future Council projects
  • Remove deadwood and conducting general pruning to the camphor laurel trees
  • Undertaking general reinstatement work, installing shade tolerant turf and some water-smart companion planting where required.

These works will be undertaken in accordance with the discussions the project team have had with the directly affected property owners in the area.

Construction impacts

During construction, residents may experience increased noise, dust and truck movements. Council will work to minimise these impacts where possible and thanks the community for their patience during the works.

Works will be undertaken with appropriate supervision of a qualified arborist and all work will be carried out in accordance with the relevant environmental guidelines. Council will make every effort to minimise environmental impacts during construction.

Works are expected to be completed in sections along Laurel Avenue. In order to safely complete the works in each section, on-street parking will be restricted on the western side of the road while works are undertaken. Once a section of the work has been completed, the area will be reinstated and on-street parking will be returned as soon as practical.

For the safety of workers, pedestrians and cyclists, the work area will be fenced for the duration of works. A temporary site office vehicle will also be located on Laurel Avenue while the works are undertaken.

Traffic controllers and signage will be in place to safely direct road users and residents around the worksite. Pedestrian access to residential properties will remain and Council will aim to provide advance notice of driveway access impacts wherever possible. Due to workplace health and safety requirements, reversing beepers cannot be turned off.

Project timing

This project commenced mid-October 2020 and is expected to be completed early 2021, weather and site conditions permitting.

Works will be undertaken between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Although night works are not currently planned, where works cannot be safely carried out during the day, night works may be required. Any necessary night works would take place between 7pm and 5am, Sunday to Thursday. Council will provide advance notification ahead of night works and will work to minimise the occurrence of night works wherever possible.

More information

If you would like to find out more about this project, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 669 416 during business hours
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 outside of business hours
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Heritage Trees Chelmer project
    City Projects
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated: 18 November 2020