Maintenance work to pay tribute to Australian troops past and present

30 April 2018

The legacy of those who served in the Australian Defence Force during World War Two and other conflicts will live on with work now under way to maintain a memorial on the Federal Highway.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the NSW Government is funding the $400,000 project to improve road user safety by removing and replanting more than 100 remembrance trees.

“Remembrance Driveway is a living memorial in the Wollogorang Creek Area which links Sydney with Canberra,” the spokesperson said.

“Roads and Maritime is planting around 280 advanced Pin Oak trees with a larger clearance of 13 metres from the highway in two stages.

“The majority of the new trees will be planted along a three kilometre section of the western side of the northbound lanes to take advantage of better conditions and provide an avenue effect.

“A smaller row of new trees will also be planted along a one kilometre section of the eastern side of the southbound lanes.

“The new Pin Oak trees will be planted in a single row, grow to around 10 metres tall and have spectacular colours during autumn.”

The spokesperson said this work will ensure the heritage value of the Remembrance Driveway memorial is sustained for future generations while improving safety for motorists.

“There are around 120 existing trees which were planted beside the road to pay tribute to those who served in World War Two and other conflicts around the world or in defence of the nation’s interest.

“Several mature or dead trees have fallen near or on the highway in the past two years, so it is essential all trees planted within five metres of the road are removed to improve motorist safety.

“Trees to be removed are poplars and pine trees nearing the end of their life located on the eastern and western sides of the southbound lanes and on the western side of the northbound lanes.

“Watering and maintenance will be carried out for six months after the new trees are planted to ensure they thrive until they are established.

“During autumn this year work will be carried out to remove the trees at Wollogorang and plant new trees along a one kilometre section on the eastern side of the southbound lanes.”

Work will take place on weekdays between 7am and 5pm for around six weeks from Monday 30 April and require temporary changed traffic conditions for community safety.

One southbound and one northbound lane will be closed to traffic during work hours and there will be intermittent short delays outside of peak times.

The second stage of work planned for autumn 2019 will involve planting new trees on the western side of the northbound carriageway to complete the project.

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