Bangalow tree doomed

Despite the efforts of Bangalow residents to save the 40 year old tree, it seems its days are numbered
Despite the efforts of Bangalow residents to save the 40 year old tree, it seems its days are numbered

Despite efforts by a group of residents, a tree, growing in a Bangalow lane, may be close to being removed.

Byron Council voted on Tuesday in favour of a recommendation calling for the tree, in a lane next to the Masonic building in Station Street, to be cut down.

Contractors had started removing the tree on August 20, but had to stop working when the tree was surrounded by a group of residents.

The council gave an undertaking to the residents that the planned removal of the tree, which the residents claimed was a blue gum, would be reviewed.

Independent tree specialist, Peter Grey of Northern Tree Care, determined it was not a blue gum, but a eucalyptus torelliana (Gadagi) which is native to north Queensland.

A report to the council said it was an "undesirable species" for the area which the Bushland Friendly Nursery Scheme classed as an environmental weed from Taree to Tweed Heads.

It said experts had provided advice that clearly resulted in a need to remove the tree.

Mr Grey told the council that the 22-metre tree which was about 40 years old, was lifting the road and surrounding paving.

He said while he didn't believe there was significant risk to the public from falling branches, damage to its roots could see the tree die in a couple of years.

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