Byron Council saves two trees
Byron Council last week rejected a staff recommendation to cut them down because of ongoing safety and maintenance issues.
Instead, the trees will remain and the garden areas around the trees will be enlarged to deal with the roots which staff said presented a public liability risk.
Cr Richard Staples said there were better ways of dealing with the problem other than removing the trees.
“Without them, you would have a very exposed area,” he said.
“I am sure every councillor takes the problem seriously, but they can be dealt with even if we do lose a little bit of parking.
“Nature has a place in the town and if it’s successful, let’s celebrate it.”
Mayor Cr Jan Barham said the fig trees added to the Byron Bay landscape and people were ‘pretty attached to the aesthetics and shade’.
“There was a real sense that we should be accommodating them, rather than removing them,” she said.
Supporters who opposed the plan to remove the trees welcomed the council’s decision.
One of them, Maggie Luke, said she was very happy with the decision.
“I think everyone was pleased,” she said.
“They are being spared and that’s fine.”