PICTURED: 230 new, advanced trees (top left) will be planted in place of the 170 being removed
The construction of the Supercars track for November's Newcastle Coates 500 has taken a big step forward, with work on the future pit area now underway.
Workers began lopping 170 trees along with shrubs on Monday morning to make room for the track, which remains on time and on budget.
230 trees and 100 shrubs will be planted over the next three years to replace those being removed.
Supercars event manager Kurt Sakzewski hosted a a Civil Works briefing on Monday morning to outline the coming developments.
He highlighted that the mature trees will increase the amount of shade along the foreshore by nearly 2000 percent once they're installed.
"We're going to go from about 500 square metres of usable shade area at the moment, and that's going to increase to over 9800 square metres."
Many had already been flagged for extraction by Newcastle City Council as part of a separate tree health and safety audit, while much of the impending construction coincides with scheduled city upgrades planned by council.
At the meeting, Council's interim CEO Jeremy Bath also noted that the removal is a singular event.
"This is not something that will happen every year, this is a one time thing."
The Supercars will zip around Newcastle for the series' grand final from November 24 to 26.