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A NORTH Lake resident whose property is towered over by a 14m gum tree says it needs to be chopped down because it is a major safety hazard.
The lemon-scented gum tree on the corner of Du Maurier Road and Palmerose Court has been wreaking havoc on the lives of nearby residents for some time.
It has a canopy spread of 17m to the north/south and 14.2m to the east/west and looms over the two properties whose verge it occupies.
Property owner Tony Rodios said the tree’s gumnuts were like ball bearings and fell plentifully, causing his elderly neighbour Val Leitner to fall last December.
“When Val fell over, she hurt her hip because of those little marble-like nuts,” he said.
Despite the danger they say it poses, neither resident is able to remove the tree as it is on the street verge and is therefore council property.
Since 2011, the City of Cockburn has received 10 requests from the two nearest properties requesting removal or pruning.
“It’s about a metre on council ground; if it were on my ground, I would’ve paid the money and got it removed,” Mr Rodios said.
Cockburn Council rejected a formal request to remove the tree in May, although councillors recommended the City identify ways to assist with maintaining the area and mitigate the risk associated with fallen vegetation.
The council decided the tree did not meet the requirements to be removed under the City’s removal and pruning policy and there was no “substantiated warrant” for it to be cut down.
The policy allows for mature tree removal only when a tree is dead, dying, structurally unsound, damaging or likely to damage property, or the roots are damaging homeowners’ property.