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Council ramps up fight to save Newmarket tree

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Council has written to Metro today requesting no removal work is done on the heritage-listed river red gum at Newmarket Station until all issues have been resolved.

Metro last week agreed to cease work until tomorrow (Friday, 14 February 2020).

Guaranteeing the tree’s survival on a week by week basis has caused some concern among the community.

As such, council hopes Metro will agree to stop all work until a final agreement is made.

City of Moonee Valley Mayor Cr Samantha Byrne said Council is committed to saving the 100-year-old river red gum.

“We’re asking Metro to show it is too,” she said.

“By agreeing to cease any work until all issues are resolved we can work together towards a positive outcome for everyone.”

Council will continue to provide updates on its commitment to save the 100-year-old tree on our website.