Council removes three trees in danger of falling on park users

Published on 24 September 2019


Cabonne Council has acted to protect the lives of people using Morris Park in Canowindra by removing three dangerous gum trees in imminent danger of collapse.

The Council’s General Manager Brad Byrnes said Council explores every opportunity to save trees, but had little option in this case following an advice from an arborist.

“When the arborist inspected the diseased trees he found that they were hollow and badly eaten out and were in imminent danger of falling or dropping large limbs, which presented a major risk for park users,” Mr Byrnes said.

“Cabonne Council’s highest priority is always the safety of our community and following the advice from the arborist, Council had no alternative but to take action to protect the lives of park users.”

Morris Park is a popular location for local residents, particularly families, as well as a very popular stopping point for travellers.

Mr Byrnes said one of the affected trees was close to the location of Canowindra’s driver reviver station which could have put the lives of volunteers and drivers who use the service at risk.

“Council investigates every alternative to removing trees where possible and in normal circumstances consults with the community beforehand, but in extenuating circumstances such as this Council had to act quickly in the interests of public safety,” he said.

Several other gum trees in Morris Park have been trimmed to enhance their chances of survival, along with a tall pine tree after a large limb fell from that tree.

Six people in different parts of Australia have been killed by falling trees since the end of July.

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