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The health of the Fraxinus ‘Raywood’ (Claret Ash) tree located in the courtyard of Chester Hill Library has been declining over several years. We have maintained the tree, including removing dead and dying branches, to keep the courtyard safe and usable for visitors to the library.

At a recent inspection of the tree, we found signs that the tree has reached a point where any further maintenance would accelerate its decline in health. These signs include an increase in “epicormic growth” which is an abnormal growth of branches and foliage. These branches are weaker than normal branches and have a higher risk of breaking and falling.

To protect courtyard users and the library building, Council has decided to remove the tree from this location.

This project

This exhibition outlines works to be undertaken at the Chester Hill Library & Knowledge Centre over the coming year. The library is located in Bura Ward at 12 Chester Hill Road, Chester Hill.
  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Stage 1: Removal of the tree

    The removal of the tree is expected to take place in September 2022. This project will require the use of large mobile cranes and heavy cutting, sawing and grinding equipment. To ensure safety at the site while these works are underway, the library area and southern carpark area will be closed on the day of the work.

    Update: The tree will be removed on Friday 26 August 2022.

  • Timeline item 2 - active

    Stage 2: Inspection and repair of the area below the courtyard surface

    Over the years, the services under the courtyard have been repaired multiple times. After the removal of the tree, the courtyard’s underground area will be inspected, and any damaged underground cabling and drainage systems will be repaired. This inspection will also identify suitable areas within the courtyard for future plantings.

    These works may require the library, or parts of it, to be closed to the public at times and are expected to take place from September to October 2022.

  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete

    Stage 3: Better understand how library users and community members would like the area re-established

    The courtyard area and tree have played a significant role in the shaping and development of Chester Hill Library and the tree will be missed. However, the courtyard will remain at the heart of the library space and we would like to know how you, as library users and the broader community, would like to see it renewed.

    To help us better understand how you would like the courtyard area re-established, please provide your feedback by completing the online survey below. We will be accepting feedback and comments from Thursday 18 August to 5pm on Friday 30 September 2022.

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Stage 4: Re-establish the courtyard site

    We will review the feedback received over the exhibition period in October 2022, as well as the findings from the below-surface inspection. Using this information, we will finalise a design to re-establish the central courtyard site. These works are expected to start in November 2022 and be completed by June 2023.

Document Library


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Thursday 18 August 2022 - Friday 30 September 2022

    Exhibition Period

    This consultation is open for contributions.

  • Timeline item 2 - active

    Friday 30 September 2022 05:00 pm


    Contributions to this exhibition are closed, reviewed and reported back to the project team.

Who's listening

If you have questions or want to learn more about the project, please email us or contact the Council officers listed below.

In writing

By post to Mr Matthew Stewart, General Manager, City of Canterbury Bankstown PO Box 8, Bankstown NSW 1885

Garry Starr

Garry Starr

Manager Community and Cultural Services Libraries

City of Canterbury Bankstown

Phone: 9707 9952

Graham Humphrys

Graham Humphrys

Community Engagement Officer

City of Canterbury Bankstown

Phone: 9707 9602

CBCity acknowledges the traditional custodians of this land, the Darug and the Eora peoples. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

Contact us

Our friendly Customer Service Call Centre is open Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm to assist with all enquiries.

Phone 9707 9000