Marrickville Council has given notice of their intention to remove a Black Tea Tree (Melaleuca bracteata) outside 6 Phillip Street Petersham.
They give the following reasons for removal:
- “Active crack/split in main trunk causing the tree to be structurally unsound.
- The tree in its present state poses an unacceptable level of risk to the public & property.”
The split in the trunk is the largest I have seen. Council has reduced the canopy to render the tree safe until they remove it.
Council says they will replace this tree with a Watergum (Tristaniopsis laurina) in the current 2015 Street Tree Planting Program.
The Watergum is a slow-growing Australian native that likes to grow along water-courses & other moist areas. It has non-invasive roots & can grow to 15-metres, but would take many years to do so. Clusters of small yellow flowers appear in January & early February. These are common street trees across Marrickville LGA.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 8th May 2015.