Tree hugging ... or not at Nambucca Heads
By KAT MULLARD
SOME locals consider them to be Nambucca Heads' own gateway icons, standing tall and proud at the northern entrance to the town, but these two Nambucca eucalypt trees have rustled up a bit of public debate lately.
The trees are situated on a strip of council land adjacent to the used car dealership Better Value Motors, and owner Robert Kennedy is concerned that they may be a public safety issue, potentially dropping limbs on unsuspecting people or parked cars.
Many other locals disagree, saying that there is nothing around the trees for them to be a risk, and that these quiet giants are an asset to the commu- nity, providing habitat to native fauna and beautifying the entranceway to the town.
"Everyone knows the stripey tree, it welcomes you as you come into the town," local resident Luke Hooler said.
Yesterday Nambucca Shire councillors, led by deputy mayor Rhonda Hoban, met at the site to assess the situation.
They were met with local protesters holding placards brandishing slogans such as 'Keep our icon trees', and presented with a petition against the tree's removal, which, in its two days of circulation, had reportedly gathered more than 300 signatures.
The fate of the two trees will be discussed tonight at a council meeting.