Moorabool Council says it, the RSL, Heritage Victoria and the National Trust should all be consulted about protecting Bacchus Marsh’s Avenue of Honour before any decision is made on allowing toxic soil to be dumped in Maddingley.
The owners of a former brown coal mine have applied to take contaminated soil from the Westgate Tunnel Project, as the National Trust collectively names the elm avenue 2020 ‘Tree of the Year’.
The truck route would go straight through the historic avenue on its way to the landfill.
Mayor David Edwards said the natural feature was of enormous significance to the town, region and Victoria, attracting many visitors to Bacchus Marsh.
“(We need to) ensure the protection of the Avenue of Honour from truck movements every six minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Cr Edwards said.
“The Avenue of Honour was planted to commemorate locals who volunteered to serve in WW1.
“As custodians, Council must do everything we can to protect this very special place.”
Moorabool spends more than $300,000 a year on the Avenue. This week four trees are being removed and replaced with plants grown from the seeds of the original 1918 elms.