Jacaranda tree replanted to preserve Grafton’s identity

AN IMPORTANT part of Grafton's identity has been protected after Roads and Maritime Services worked with the Clarence Valley Council to relocate a young jacaranda tree during work on the second Grafton Bridge.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the tree was replanted in Derek Palmer Place after it was removed during work on Charles Street.

"Charles Street is being widened to four lanes between Bent Street and the Pacific Highway to ensure the local network has capacity for future traffic volumes using the second crossing of the Clarence River," the spokesperson said.

"The widened road will better serve heavy vehicles and motorists travelling between Grafton and South Grafton.

"A young jacaranda tree growing in the project area was identified for removal as part of preparation work for the project.

"Jacaranda trees are significant to Grafton and their purple blooms are celebrated locally each season.

"As part of Roads and Maritime's commitment to minimising impact on the environment, Clarence Valley Council was approached to provide advice about whether the tree could be replanted elsewhere in Grafton.

"Clarence Valley Council's arborist provided expert advice to Roads and Maritime on how the tree could be removed and replanted in accordance with Australian Standards and industry best practices.

"The arborist explained the need to face the tree in the same direction and how to prepare the tree before it was moved.

"The tree was replanted 40 metres from its original location so it will be visible to motorists travelling along the upgraded Charles Street section.

"Where possible, jacarandas are planted along the Gwydir Highway to denote the major entry point into South Grafton from the Pacific Highway.

"This is a great outcome for the community which values these beautiful trees."

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