The tree to be chopped down is dead centre of the photograph. As you can see, the footpath is raised in this area.

The tree to be chopped down is dead centre of the photograph.

Marrickville Council has given notice that they intend to remove a Spotted Gum (Corymbia maculata) outside 5 Day Street Marrickville.

Council gives the following reasons for removal –

  • “Determined by Council Resolution, 20 August 2013. Tree is causing damage to adjacent footpath & private fence.”

They say the replacement tree species will be determined as part of the Marrickville Street Tree Master Plan 2014.”

The Notice of Motion brought to Council on 15th October 2013 by Clr Phillips said, “At the August 2013 Council meeting on the motion of the Mayor [Macri], Council voted to remove a street tree outside 5 Day Street Marrickville.

This was brought to Council Meeting as a Mayoral Minute by Mayor Macri.  I have been unable to find the business papers to find out which Councillor brought it to Council & what the Council’s Staff Report said, though a resident’s email included in Clr Phillips’ Notice of Motion said that staff said that, “there are solutions to this problem that can save the neighbour’s wall & the tree.”  To read this see – http://bit.ly/GTJjAQ

Regardless, the tree was voted for removal by Mayor Macri & Clrs Iskandar, Tsardoulias, Haylen, Woods, Gardener, Tyler & Hanna.  Clrs Phillips, Leary, Brooks & Ellsmore Haylen voted to retain the tree & fix the path & fence.

The Councillors accepted Point 1 of Clr Phillips motion to hold community consultation for this tree, but Mayor Haylen, Clrs Woods, Tsardoulias, Marci, Hanna, Gardener & Tyler voted to delete point 2 – “Council draft & implement a community consultation plan for tree removal decisions initiated by Councillors through notices of motion to ensure that affected residents are made aware of these motions & have the opportunity to provide input prior to the decision being made.  Such consultation may include a notice placed on the tree, a letter to neighbouring residents, & information on Council’s website.”      Clrs Phillips, Leary, Brooks & Ellsmore voted against deleting Point 2.

This is an important submission opportunity if you believe that Councillors should not be able to have trees removed via a vote in Council, especially without a consultative process.  Also, if you believe that the Council staff assessment is correct – that the footpath & little fence can easily be fixed thereby saving this healthy tree.

I went to see the tree.  I’ve always thought this end of Day Street was a hidden green oasis in Marrickville.  It is a gorgeous street that reminds me of a park, especially when there are few parked cars.  The tree itself is a beauty & there is nothing wrong with it.  Yes the low single brick fence has some cracks & yes the footpath is raised.  Are these worth the removal of this tree?  Absolutely not in my opinion & I find it very sad that it will be removed for such infrastructure that is of lesser value.  Council staff said the fence could be repaired.  They also said the footpath could be repaired.

North Sydney Council installs flexible footpaths in high pedestrian traffic areas to keep the tree & ensure the area is free of trip hazards.  Our Council will bring in the chainsaws & remove a healthy tree that provides habitat & beauty to the area & we all lose.  Something is wrong here.

The deadline for any submissions is Friday 8th November 2013.  Send to Marrickville Council – 

council@marrickville.nsw.gov.au

Showing the footpath & the fence

Showing the footpath & the fence

Close-up of the fence

Close-up of the single brick fence

Looking towards the leafy section of Day Street with it's own enhance.  It's obvious why this is a very special street in Marrickville.

Looking towards the leafy section of Day Street with it’s own entrance.  It’s obvious why this is a unique street in Marrickville.

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