Trees a grow­ing con­cern

SAFETY FEARS FROM HAZ­ARD

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing How were you af­fected by the freak storm event?

PLUMP­TON res­i­dent Mary Gauci says she is afraid some­one in her neigh­bour­hood will be in­jured or killed if more isn’t done to re­move dan­ger­ous trees.

In the wake of the re­cent freak storm which up­rooted trees in her street, she has called on Black­town Coun­cil to act.

“Does some­one have to be killed by a fallen branch or tree in this area be­fore the coun­cil take our con­cerns se­ri­ously?” Ms Gauci said.

She said she had spent years try­ing to con­vince the coun­cil to re­move a large gum tree from the front of her home.

“When the storm hit that tree dropped a lot of big branches,” she said. “If any­one was stand­ing un­der it they could have been killed.

“There are so many trees that have been com­pletely up­rooted by that storm.

“The coun­cil needs to make re­mov­ing dan­ger­ous trees a pri­or­ity.”

A coun­cil spokes­woman said records showed the gum tree “is healthy and there­fore there has been no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for its re­moval”. The coun­cil aimed to prune and main­tain street trees ev­ery two years.

“The coun­cil’s as­set in­spec­tors as­sess trees across Black­town City and iden­tify any prob­lem­atic trees,” the spokes­woman said. “Due to the re­cent storm that im­pacted the city, the coun­cil will rein­spect the tree to en­sure it re­mains safe.”

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Mary Gauci says tree re­moval needs to be a pri­or­ity af­ter the re­cent storm.

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