Yarra Park management activities

Bicycle parking

Published: May, 2017

Patrons riding a bicycle to the MCG are asked to refrain from locking their bike up on the MCG concourse, or in an area that is likely to cause an obstruction or is too close to congested queues or crowds of people.

Any bicycle deemed to meet the above criteria will be removed and stored inside the MCG for a patron to collect after the match.

At present, there are approximately 80 bike hoops in Yarra Park, with most of those close to the concourse. We ask cyclists to use these hoops when riding to the MCG.

Motorbike parking

Published: March, 2017

For security, safety and emergency management reasons, all vehicles – including motorcycles - are no longer permitted to park within 30 metres of the MCG concourse.

Motorbikes that have previously been parked close to the MCG, particularly at the corner of Jolimont Street and Jolimont Terrace, will be prevented from doing so during the 2017 AFL season, as they were in the latter half of 2016.

Riders of motorbikes will instead be encouraged to park on the gravel area adjacent to William Barak Bridge, near the intersection of Jolimont Street and Brunton Avenue.

Alternatively, motorbikes can enter Yarra Park as per other motor vehicles at a cost of $10 (cash only) and park on the grassed areas (subject to availability) as directed.

We appreciate the understanding and co-operation of motorbike riders as we seek to enhance the safety and enjoyment of all those who visit the MCG.

Tree removal in Yarra Park

Published: August, 2016

As part of its ongoing commitment to the health and vitality of Yarra Park’s trees, the MCC engaged a professional tree services company to carry out Invasive Decay inspections of at-risk trees throughout April and July.

Of the nine trees assessed, three trees were identified for removal where remedial works were determined to be impractical. The remaining six trees will have remediation works undertaken in the coming months through weight reduction in their crowns.

The MCC will have these works undertaken during a two-week period commencing Monday September 5, with the three removed trees replaced during the 2017 winter planting season.

The three trees identified as requiring removal had the following assessments:
Tree 79 – Monterey Cypress
A large tree in late maturity with history of limb shed the tree is characterised by a northern trunk lean and northern crown bias, with a heavily weighted low north primary limb. A seat and table are located north north-west of the tree and within the tree’s fall zone. A dead branch stub on the lower south trunk has an extended area of necrotic wood beneath that is split revealing a cavity. A small cavity on the eastern trunk was also noted.

Probing of the cavities indicated a downward depth of 800mm each side, well into the root crown, and lateral depths of around 600mm. The tree lacked reactive growth in the area of trunk around the wound. Microprobe results indicted residual trunk wall thicknesses of 33 per cent, 33 per cent, 13 per cent and 16 per cent to the north, east, south and west respectively.

The defect is significant and affects both the trunk and rootplate. Given the trunk lean, canopy density and location and nature of the defect there is no prospect of remediating the defect.
Tree 385 - English Elm
An established albeit small specimen overhanging Brunton Avenue and adjacent Gate 7, the tree has a large open cavity on the south and west trunk face.

Decay extended into the scaffold branches immediately above the cavity, and the root plate. Due to extent of decay the microprobe was applied to the north and east side of the trunk.

Specifically, the nature of the decayed wood characterised by pocket of decay between harder wood were damaging the probes.

The residual wall thickness averaged 11 per cent; the greatest was 21 per cent. However, the level of wood degradation indicated reduced wood hardness in the south profile increasing notably at depth greater than 250mm, and degraded wood at depths 300-350mm.
Tree 1041 - English Elm
An established specimen with a slight head lean overhanging the path east of paddock 19. The tree has previously been subjected to reduction pruning.

The tree has a large open cavity on the west trunk face. Decay is also obvious on the upper trunk. Microprobe readings indicated degraded wood to the north, east and west, with wall thickness being 35 per cent, 35 per cent and 30 per cent respectively.

Reducing loading the defect would require significant reduction pruning which in my opinion is not warranted given the extent of the cavity, for which there is no prospect of the tree occluding, while ongoing structural degradation can be expected.