Almost gone: Public risk has led to the removal of this gum tree.
Almost gone: Public risk has led to the removal of this gum tree.

Gum tree cut down due to risk

MANY were left wondering but it seems public risk was the motivation for cutting down a massive gum tree in the centre of Coffs Harbour yesterday.

There had been suggestions the amount of bird droppings left on cars below forced the council to remove the massive eucalypt in Castle Street but this proved unfounded.

A reader sent these photos to The Advocate, expressing their concerns about the loss of vegetation from the prominent location outside C.ex Coffs.

“What actually happened is that council brought to our attention that the tree was unsafe and diseased,” C.ex Coffs chief executive John Rafferty said. “One of their people noticed it when doing the parks and gardens.

“We had an aborist do a report and we actually cut some of it out when we were building the carpark in an endeavour to save it, but it didn't.

“We contracted council to remove it due to public risk.”

Branches from another tree in the grounds had limbs removed for the same reason.



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