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Mortlake’s avenue of honour apathy

A BID to have Mortlake’s avenue of honour elevated to the Victorian Heritage Register has failed to spark interest in the town.

Moyne Shire’s Mortlake-based councillor Jill Parker called for feedback from the public on the issue but failed to receive a reply.

“The avenue of honour is an icon of Mortlake but those who live here take it for granted. I know I have,” Cr Parker said.

“I have been surprised by the number of people who, when I say I’m from Mortlake, they say that’s where the beautiful avenue of trees are.

“The youth council have done an incredible job in recording and publishing information about the avenue.”

While the general public in Mortlake showed no formal interest in the avenue being registered, council has backed the move. And although all six councillors agreed to support the push, they did so with a hint of caution.

Council will write a submission to the Heritage Council supporting the nomination but also raising concerns about the impact a listing would have on the day-to-day maintenance of the trees.

It has already allocated funding for the establishment of a management plan for all avenues of honour across the shire, which is expected to go before council for approval by the end of the year.

If Mortlake’s boulevard is listed, permits from Heritage Victoria may be required for any works on or under the trees.

Council could seek an exemption, which would allow it to continue to tend to the area.

Parking under the trees may also be disallowed if it is listed.

Mortlake’s avenue has 191 trees, 85 of which were planted in 1919 to pay homage to those who served from the district in World War 1. Other trees were planted in the ensuing years with those who served in World War 2 now also honoured.

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