OCEAN BEACH ROAD REVEGETATION

NOTES AND BASIC DIRECTIVE

Sorrento is a beautiful place that could really use a refresh to bring it up to the luxe destination it was always meant to be.  One of the most obvious issues is our shopping strip vegetation. 

Thankfully, Sorrento has mixed vegetation overlay, so we have a broad scope to improve.  As we all know, Ocean Beach Road currently has dead and dying trees, inappropriate vegetation (including gum trees) and much hated bollards – which are now splitting, some with damaged gal tops.  Now is the perfect time to rejuvenate this area.

We need your input into making Sorrento Main Street more attractive & functional, it already has great bones.  After a lot of research & consultations with arborists & nurserymen, the following trees have been selected.  Criteria was longevity, attractive appearance, functionality & the ability to survive the wind tunnel that is Ocean Beach Road.  Where possible we have included Australian Natives that are fit for purpose.

There are many variations and combinations of positioning that everyone can have input into, anything is better than what we have now.  Please note the streetscape will probably be done in stages over a period of time, as funds become available.  Once a concept is decided on, we can begin the process to get it approved and make it happen. 

Please send all feedback to susan.bissinger@mornpen.vic.gov.au

SUGGESTED TREE SELECTION FOR OCEAN BEACH ROAD,  SORRENTO

PORT JACKSON FIG

Image of Port Jackson Fig in Sydney, with special relevance to the hard surfaces and paving around the base.   Limiting size of these trees would involve a surround to suit, like a raised garden bed, that would also add visual interest and give the trees a head start height wise.

  • Evergreen
  • Australian Native
  • Long lived – over 100 years
  • Suited to coastal environment
  • Suited to areas of high wind
  • Huge shade canopy
  • To replace Casuarinas

This is how the Port Jackson figs would look from a distance.  These would replace the dead and dying casuarinas.

NATIVE MAGNOLIA LUSCIOUS

These would be great in the areas where there are no building canopies, near Ocean Pavilion and the Medical centre as well are various other places.  These would be great when the New Zealand Christmas trees are ready to be replaced.

  • Evergreen
  • Australian Native
  • Great Street Tree
  • Bright green almond shaped leaves
  • Drought tolerant
  • Frost tolerant
  • Wind tolerant
  • Small yellow insignificant flowers at top

MAGNOLIA LITTLE GEM

These will be best planted in the existing garden beds in a decorative concrete surround to ensure that size is limited so that they won’t interfere with canopies – similar idea for Port Jackson Figs.  These surrounds will ensure there is more visual interest and immediate vertical height.

  • Evergreen
  • Hardy
  • Grows very well in Sorrento
  • Tolerates coastal conditions
  • Tolerates wind
  • Relatively Compact size
  • Could replace red bottle brush on east side

CANARY ISLAND PALM

Love them or hate them, they are already part of our streetscape & historical Sorrento.

Strategically placed they would tie in with existing Canary Island Palms at the Conti, Ocean Beach Pavilion and residences at either end of the shopping strip on Ocean Beach Road, balancing the theme. 

A raised surround with seating incorporated would be great to provide shade and seating.  Ideal placement would be at the front of Baked in Sorrento, Smashing Bean, Sorrento Girl and/or Tommy Bahama, on Melbourne Rd roundabout – would have to be walked through to see what location is best. 

In limited numbers, these show stoppers would make an incredible difference without being ridiculous.

BOLLARDS SITTING ON THE GROUND

Bollards – to remove the short chunky bollards and replace with classic cypress pine bollards 125x125mm or 140x140mm.  Existing ones could be used for other projects on the Peninsula.

I can’t even estimate the number of complaints I have had about these chunky bollards.  According to residents they “don’t fit in with our historic & classic style”, rather “they are better suited to a cheap new housing estate”, “they are embarrassing”