Dying fig to be removed because of safety risk

A 17m tall weeping fig at the intersection of Daley Street and Jubilee Street in Mullumbimby will be removed on Wednesday 2 September because of the risk it poses to pedestrians and drivers.

Council was notified about the condition of the fig in December last year (2019) and it was assessed by a qualified arborist at the time and found to be infected with a Slime fungus but was in an acceptable condition.

Since then staff have been monitoring the condition of the tree and its condition has unfortunately been worsening.

Andy Erskine, Open Space Technical Officer, said in recent months there has been a significant decline in the condition of the crown and an increase in the decay and fungal infection areas in the lower trunk.

“The Slime fungus is normally only a problem for trees that are distressed and unfortunately I think the dry weather in December and January really took a toll on this tree,” Mr Erskine said.

“An arborist has again assessed the tree and his professional opinion now is that it has deteriorated to the point where it is a risk and needs to be removed.

“Council is very aware of the importance our community places on the natural environment, particularly trees, but the last thing we want is for this tree to drop limbs unexpectedly on vehicles or pedestrians.

“Our priority always has to be the safety of our community,” Mr Erskine said.

If suitable the timber from the fig tree will be saved and incorporated into projects around the Byron Shire.

Another tree will also be planted to replace the fig.

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