Drought taking toll on Moree Plains’ streetscapes, parks and open spaces

AS drought maintains its steadfast grip on the Moree Plains, the preservation of established trees in the urban centres is becoming a concern for council and residents alike.

Director of engineering Mr Ian Dinham said council works hard to maintain the visual amenity of Moree Shire’s urban centres.

MPSC urban crew manually watering trees on the eastern approach to Moree township (Cross St).

“We are fortunate that currently there is no shortage of town water so we are able to continue to maintain our open spaces to a high standard,” Mr Dinham said.

“However, the drought is having a real impact on the established trees on street verges across our townships and villages, with a number dying or browning off.”

Mr Dinham said that council’s urban and open space crews undertake manual watering two days a week of hundreds of trees across the shire in parks and streetscapes including all main approaches to town and along the bypass.

However, council crews are struggling to keep up as many trees are now under threat.

“We know that residents in our shire share council’s passion for our local environment and open spaces and we would like to ask that they take the time to water the trees on the verges outside their homes, as council cannot get to every single tree,” Mr Dinham said.

“A bucket of water a week costs only a few cents, and can make all the difference during this prolonged drought.”

Media Release: March 3, 2019