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Declaration of plantation notified in Australian Government gazette



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DEPARTMENT OF THE CAPITAL TERRITORY

An 8-hectare plantation of cork oaks (Quercus suber) just below Black

Mountain, near Aranda, today became part of the National Estate as ah

historic site to be preserved. ·

The Minister for the Capital Territory , Mr Ellicott, will give notice

of the Glenloch Interchange, which will serve the Molonglo Arterial, will

avoid the plantation.

The declaration of the plantation was notified today in the Australian

V/alter Burley Griffin, who designed Canberra, envisaged the cork trees

would be part of an international arboretum, or tree- garden . They were

planted in 1918 as part of a Europe-Africa belt in the aboretum. Remnants

of plantings from this period survive at Pialligo, Yarralumla and Stromlo.

The trees will be managed by the Natural Resources Branch of the Department

of the Capital Territory which will remove some trees to promote the more

vigorous ones, and occasionally strip the cork. ' ·

The plantation is an early success of Thomas Charles George Weston who at

the time was in charge of the Afforestation Branch and who was also

responsible for much of the initial tree planting in and around Canberra.

of his intention to vary the City Plan so that the gazetted alignment

Government Gazette.

21.11.78