Trees a growing concern
SAFETY FEARS FROM HAZARD
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.”
Mary Gauci says tree removal needs to be a priority after the recent storm.