Dying Norfolk Pine at Byron Bay to be removed for public safety

A dying Norfolk Pine opposite the Wollongbar Motel in Shirley Street, Byron Bay (between Wordsworth Street and Milton Street) will be removed on Wednesday 28 August 2019.

An independent Arborist was engaged to check the tree and his recommendation is that it should be removed because of the potential danger it poses to pedestrians, motorists and nearby homes and visitor accommodation.

The Arborist reported that is likely the tree has succumbed to a fungal disease called “Top down Disease” (Botryosphaeria parva).

Council is responsible for maintaining and monitoring Byron Bay’s majestic Norfolk Pines and each year an Arborist is commissioned to assess the condition of the trees in Bay Street and Shirley Street,” Technical Officer Andy Erskine said.

“No one likes to see trees of this size removed but unfortunately, as it is dying it needs to be removed in the interest of public safety,” Mr Erskine said.

Council is asking people who park in this area to make alternative arrangements on Wednesday morning.

Businesses and residents will be personally notified and signage restricting parking will be placed in the affected area. There may be some minor traffic delays.

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