What you need to know

Big Red Saved

Newmarket skyline

We’re happy to announce Council has worked with Metro to save the heritage-listed river red gum and a peppercorn tree at Newmarket Station.

Metro has listened to our concerns and will save the significant tree, working around it to make the station and platform safe.

These works could begin as early as next week.

Some bracing and pruning will be done around the 100-year-old tree but we will continue to work together to make sure it is not damaged in the process.

One pittosporum tree will be removed under the Rail Management Act. Council and Metro have agreed this needs to happen straight away for platform upgrades to take place.

However, Metro will apply for planning approval to remove any other trees at the station in order to maintain safety or do key works.

Further analysis is being done by Metro in relation to trees and platform safety on the Pin Oak Crescent side of the station.

We hope to have news soon on when the reserve and playground will reopen.

Thank you to all the community who rallied so passionately to help save our significant tree.