One of two mature fig trees which were cut down by the council this week angering residents.
One of two mature fig trees which were cut down by the council this week angering residents. Contributed

Residents angry as council cuts down trees in Casuarina

TWEED Shire Council has agreed to consult with residents before cutting down any more trees at Casuarina.

It follows a public outcry by residents after the removal of two mature fig-trees this week along the cycle path on the eastern side of the town.

Council manager of recreation services, Stewart Brawley, said the trees were cut down for safety reasons as their roots were causing sections of the pavement to lift.

Mr Brawley said they had acted after a number of complaints about the safety hazard.

"The pavement damage caused by the roots was also likely to require more costly repairs in the future," he said.

"It is proposed to replace the trees with varieties more suitable for the location.

"If any further tree removal is required along the cycleway in the future, the community will be consulted before any work is done."

Resident Michael Kienhuis said the council was probably cutting down its own mistakes as they likely planted the unsuitable trees at the foundation of the residential development.

Mr Kienhuis said some residents had been very upset when they noticed the trees which were between 10m-12m high, had gone.

"I met one lady who was just in tears because she'd sat under one of the trees every day... and now its' gone," he said.

"Some of the residents have been here from day dot and they've watched them grow."

He said while the council had to act for public safety sake, he hoped that they would ensure all alternatives were pursued before removing any trees in the future.

He said a council staffer had apologised, but also pointed out that there were thousands of trees removed and it would be impractical to consult the public every time.



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