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Northbourne Avenue Trees

By platypus 25 October 2009 26

I like Canberra, however while driving around town today I was particularly struck by the depressing appearance of Northbourne Avenue.

This is the ceremonial gateway to Canberra But I find it quite unattractive.

Its not just that it’s lined with dreary flats. I think the main problem is the species of gum tree which was chosen for the area. I’m not a tree expert, but today the trees (whatever they are), looked messy, dreary and, in many cases, half dead.

Surely it would be much better if they were all removed and replaced with something more suited to the prominance of the avenue.

St Kilda road in Melbourne looks wonderful with its rows of elms and London Plane trees. Why can’t the same be done with Northbourne?

The trees on Northbourne Avenue

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anonymous gungahlian 7:12 pm 28 Oct 09

The Govenment should cut down all the trees to add extra lanes on Northbourne- north and southbound. That would solve the traffic problem, then have an opinion poll on which trees should be replanted closer to the centre of the nature strip, or maybe plant a variety of trees to keep all you people who give a shit about the apearance of trees along Northbourne Avenue happy. Problem solved.

frontrow 3:54 pm 26 Oct 09

Morgan said :

The love of field and coppice
Of green and shaded lanes
of ordered woods and gardens
is running in your veins
strong love of grey blue distance
brown seas and soft dim skies
I know, but cannot share it my love is otherwise…

I bet you know the second verse of Advance Australia Fair as well. It’s bordering on Un-Australian.

George D said :

Cut them all down. This city has too many trees.

They all burn when lit…

icantbelieveitsnotbutter 1:41 pm 26 Oct 09

caf said :

I always really _liked_ the look of the Northbourne Avenue trees.

+ 1

sepi 1:29 pm 26 Oct 09

I like the trees – but I would prefer light rail.

spinact 12:52 pm 26 Oct 09

Rad Dave said :

Isn’t there a proposal by NCA to replace a lot of the old tress in Canberra? Most are heading towards 100 years old and nearing the end of their life..

Both the ACT Gov and the NCA are running (or will be) tree replacement programs. Northbourne is the ACT Gov’s responsibility. The CT had an article on the NCA’s planes to gradually replace the gums on Anzac Parade (

Personally I don’t mind the trees on Northborne, although I must admit the string bark always hanging off them is a bit unsightly.

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