Gum outside 12 Pine Street Marrickville.  This was one of the best trees in this street.

Brittle Gum outside 12 Pine Street Marrickville. This was one of the best trees in this street.

Showing what appears to me to be shocking pruning & probably the entrance for wood boring insects.

Showing what appears to me to be shocking pruning & probably the entrance for wood boring insects.

Marrickville Council has given notice that they intend to remove three trees in Marrickville.

Tree number 1:  a Brittle Gum (Eucalyptus mannifera ) outside 12 Pine Street Marrickville.

They have given the following reasons –

  • “Extensive borer damage.
  • Heavy decay & mechanical damage to trunk.
  • The tree poses an unacceptable risk to property & to the public.
  • Identified in 2012 Street Tree audit for removal.”

Council says they will replace this tree the 2013-2014 planting season & the species will be chosen by the Street Tree Master Plan.

This tree is almost dead.  I will not be putting in a submission.

Ironbark outside Pine Street Marrickville

Ironbark outside 46 Pine Street Marrickville

Tree number 2:  an Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) outside 46 Pine Street Marrickville.

They have given the following reasons –

  • “Extensive borer damage.
  • Heavy trunk decay.
  • The tree poses an unacceptable risk to property & to the public.
  • Identified in 2012 Street Tree audit for removal.”

Council says they will replace this tree the 2013-2014 planting season & the species will be chosen by the Street Tree Master Plan.

This poor tree is in a bad way & is literally covered in black ants – collecting sap I imagine.  The bark on its trunk has dislodged & feels hollow & brittle.  The decay is obvious.  I will not be putting in a submission.

Pine Street looks lovely because it has a number of spectacular Eucalypts.   I personally hope that tall stature trees can replace both these trees.  Pine Street is a very wide street with plenty of verge space to accommodate trees.

The red arrow points to the tree up for removal in McNeilly Park

The red arrow points to the Cadaghi tree up for removal in McNeilly Park.  Such a shame as this is tall tree – something very special in Marrickville.

Tree number 3:  a Cadaghi (Corymbia torelliana) adjacent to the playground in McNeilly Park Marrickville.

They have given the following reasons –

  • “Extensive borer damage.
  • Bracket fungus evident.
  • Severe trunk decay.
  • The tree poses an unacceptable risk to infrastructure & to park patrons.”

Council says they will replace this tree the 2013-2014 planting season & the species will be chosen by the Street Tree Master Plan.

This is a stunning tree & I wish more of these were planted in our parks.

In November 2012 Marrickville Council released the results of the completed Tree Inventory the public.  The Inventory advised Council to remove 98 public trees urgently. This tree was obviously not one of the urgent removals, although it was recommended for removal.  I mention this because right now this tree is absolutely covered with flowers about to bloom.  I think it would be a great shame for wildlife if Council were to chop this tree down now rather than wait until it has flowered.  Yes, it is located beside a playground, but this has not concerned Council for the last 10-11 months, so the tree cannot be considered really dangerous or they would have removed it as a priority by now.

The tree does have all the problems Council has listed & does need to be removed.  It is just a matter of whether they will consider the wildlife or remove it according to the convenience of their timetable.  I will be putting in a submission asking that Council wait until the flowering season is finished before removing this tree – for the benefit of wildlife.

I thank Council for using sticky tape to attach the signs to all three trees.

The deadline for submissions for all 3 trees is Monday 16th September 2013.

1st October 2013:  I have learnt from Marrickville Council that the Tree Inventory did not include trees in parks.  Therefore, please disregard the following in bold – “In November 2012 Marrickville Council released the results of the completed Tree Inventory the public.  The Inventory advised Council to remove 98 public trees urgently. This tree was obviously not one of the urgent removals, although it was recommended for removal.  I mention this because right now this tree is absolutely covered with flowers about to bloom.  I think it would be a great shame for wildlife if Council were to chop this tree down now rather than wait until it has flowered.  Yes, it is located beside a playground, but this has not concerned Council for the last 10-11 months, so the tree cannot be considered really dangerous or they would have removed it as a priority by now.”  Jacqueline

Showing just one section of one branch.  The tree will be literally covered in flowers very soon.

Showing just one section of one branch. The tree will be covered in flowers very soon.

One side of some of the trunk is damaged.

Showing the damage to one side of the trunk.

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