This Willow Gum (Eucalyptus scoparia) at the corner John Street & Addison Road Petersham has Winter Bronzing Bug.

This Willow Gum (Eucalyptus scoparia) at the corner John Street & Addison Road Petersham has Winter Bronzing Bug.

Tree number 1:  Marrickville Council has given post notification of emergency street tree removal of a Chinese Pistachio (Pistacia chinensis) at 44 West Street Petersham.

They gave the following reason for removal –

  • “Active shear split between co-dominant stems resulting in an unacceptable risk to the public & property.”

Council says they will plant another Chinese Pistachio during 2013 planting season.  This tree was not included in Marrickville Council’s audit list of street trees proposed for removal.

Tree number 2:  a Willow Gum (Eucalyptus scoparia), corner John Street & Addison Road Petersham.  They gave the following reason for removal –

  • “Tree is dying from an infestation of Thaumastocoris (Winter Bronzing Bug) &
  • has significant deadwood hanging over the roadway.”

Council says they will replace with a Weeping Lillypilly (Waterhousia floribunda) during 2013 planting season.

Winter Bronzing Bug is a major pest of eucalypt street trees in Sydney.  “The bugs feed by inserting their sharp, tube-like mouthparts into the plant stem & sucking out the sap. The plants lose water & nutrients, becoming pale & defoliating.  Severely infested trees are usually removed unless early detection & treatment is implemented.  Injectable tree insecticide is the only trunk injectable insecticide available for use in Australia & is the most environmental & cost effective ways to achieve insect control in trees.”   For more information see – http://bit.ly/UWA216

The tree does not look like it received treatment & is obviously dying.  This tree was not included in Marrickville Council’s audit list of street trees proposed for removal.

I appreciate that Council used sticky tape instead of nails to fix the notification of removal signs to this tree.

Submissions can be sent to Marrickville Council at council@marrickville.nsw.gov.au or phone to speak to the Tree Asset Officer on 8595 2434.

As per Marrickville Council’s new way of working there is no consultation period or invitation for submissions.   They say you can telephone the Council’s Tree Asset Officer – 8595 2434 – during normal office hours if you wish to discuss the tree removal.  I am against removing the previous system of community consultation. See – http://bit.ly/YiHoHt

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