Powerlines underground, trees above ground: Lurline St plan

Green gang: Supporters of the campaign to return trees to Lurline St, Katoomba.
Green gang: Supporters of the campaign to return trees to Lurline St, Katoomba.

A campaign to restore trees to Lurline Street, Katoomba, is building momentum.

The street is the main access to Echo Point and used by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

It used to be lined with plane trees but these were removed, possibly at some time around the late 1950s or early 1960s.

Now the streetscape is bare and offers no shelter or shade to anyone walking to the Three Sisters.

Cr Kerry Brown was to raise the issue at last night's council meeting, calling for the support of all councillors to get some vegetation returned to the street.

A significant issue in the project is the need to get the powerlines put underground. Cr Brown said while this would be a costly exercise, it had been done before, including in Katoomba Street and in Leura Mall.

Returning trees to Lurline St has been on council's radar for nearly a quarter of a century, Cr Brown said.

The draft Echo Point plan of management of 1995 recommended council "undertake streetscape improvements including tree planting and upgrading street furniture to improve character of the primary access routes to Echo Point".

And in 2009, council agreed to include it in the 10-year resourcing strategy and to investigate possible grant opportunities.

The campaign is supported by the Katoomba Chamber of Commerce, Blue Mountains Tourism, the National Trust, Upper Mountains Arborists Alliance, local business owners, artists and professionals.