Tree cull ahead

'We can manage this intersection without trees having to be chopped down.'

Native trees will be removed from Straws Lane and Romsey Road, in an attempt to address an accident blackspot identified by VicRoads.

The intersection falls within a wildlife habitat area, and is just 1.7 kilometres from Hanging Rock.

Cr Jennifer Anderson questioned how effective tree removal would be in resolving the blackspot issue.

"I strongly advocate for safety on our roads ... but it's not just the structure of the road we have to consider," she said.

There have been about five serious accidents (causing injury) at the site in as many years, prompting the blackspot alert.

Cr Anderson wanted more information on the accidents, such as time of day and cause. She said one accident she knew of occurred when a driver attempted an illegal u-turn.

"We don't have a knowledge of what the reasons are for all the accidents here, and if (the tree removal) will have an impact," Cr Anderson said.

Cr Anderson asked for other options to be researched such as rumble strips, better signage, speed reduction and driver education.

"It is a koala mapped habitat area," she said.

"Currently, I don't feel it has a huge use to justify the loss of the trees.

"I still feel we can manage this intersection without trees having to be chopped down."

Eleven trees will be removed, including eucalyptus, wattle and blackwoods.

* See tomorrow's Macedon Ranges Guardian for more.

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