Hard to show in a photo but there is room for one person to walk past without difficulty.

Hard to show in a photo but there is room for one person to walk past without difficulty.

Marrickville Council has given notice that they intend to remove a Broad-leaved Paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia) outside 102 Chelmsford Street Newtown.

They give the following reason –

  • “Tree is causing damage to private property, obscuring safe footpath access & continuously damaging infrastructure.”

They say they will replace with a Snow in Summer (Melaleuca linarifolia) during 2013 planting season.

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

Interestingly, this tree is not included in the proposed for removal list in the recent street tree audit.

The bottom bricks of the fence have shifted a little. Other than this, we could not see any other visible damage – though there may be.

It is clearly the wrong tree in the wrong place.  There are other Melaleucas in the area so be prepared for them to be removed as well.  Newtown is well known for its quirkiness & the people who live here appear to like different & unusual things.  I lived in Balmain for more than a decade & saw street trees that obstructed the footpath.  No one cared.  They just walked around the tree.

I can think of many reasons why this healthy street tree should stay.  Unfortunately this tree is inconveniencing people & therefore it will go.   If the local community want to try to save this tree, then they will.

Submissions can be sent to Marrickville Council at – council@marrickville.nsw.gov.au

Showing the damage to the fence.

Showing the damage to the fence.

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