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While Crs Jim Hopkins and Jan Wheeler continued to express concerns over the details of a proposal to replace nine sycamore trees the council felled at Oamaru Harbour earlier this year, councillors unanimously agreed to incorporate a plan into the council's harbour strategy.
Cr Hopkins called the $25,000 plan presented to the assets committee in May - to set up four pohutukawa trees in planter boxes in the Tyne St road reserve - "threadbare" and "a little malnourished", but supported a plan to be put in place, noting he ultimately hoped for a "richer array of foliage".
The sycamores were felled when it became clear the mature trees were expected to suffer significant damage because of the realignment of a large stormwater main, after the closure of Arun St and the development of new accommodation at a Waterfront Rd and Tyne St site the council sold last year.
Cr Bill Kingan said a plan would make more sense for the area once a building was in place.
Initial construction work for an ocean-facing 22-unit boutique luxury accommodation complex is now under way.