What's the big dealio with having gum trees anyway?
They aren't a particularly nice looking tree, and I for one think it's unusual to see such a wildly diverse range of trees planted in the one area (I.E. deciduous vs. evergreen). I would much rather see nicer plane trees planted to keep in line with the trees across the road on King William St. They make for some nice autumn foliage and bring in sunlight in winter and significant shade in the warm, sometimes hot Adelaide summers. Plane trees all the way, as they are nicer, convenient and evidently safer.
Also, it seems those redeveloping Rundle Mall knew this all along, as gum trees were never
apart of their tree plan. They are planting 70 Chinese Elms along the mall, a deciduous tree, in favour of anything native - due to the overall nicer look and safer nature of the elm trees. One of the people behind the decision said "gum trees belong in the outback, where they cannot cause significant destruction to people, cars or buildings."
P.S. Anyone doubting the damage lemon scented gums cause, and gums in general for that matter, should come to where I live. Constant chaos in shedded limbs and bark all of the place, with wayward branches. Thankfully, after constant protests, a lot of them are now facing removal and some kind of nicer deciduous type will take there place (should be the way for every suburb I feel). I have deciduous in my garden and have never faced a problem with the health of the trees, nor the structure or falling branches. The only problem is falling leaves in the autumn months, which I think looks nice anyway.