March 08, 2018

Investigations into fig tree ongoing

Media Release

8 March 2018

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has welcomed efforts by Ballina Shire Council to try to preserve an historic fig tree in Castle Drive, Lennox Head.

“I have met with a group of Lennox Head locals who wanted to try to save the fig tree after it was threatened with being cut down.

“In December I asked Ballina Shire Mayor David Wright and the Council’s General Manager to seek expert opinion on whether the tree could be managed or moved.

“Council commissioned a further independent study by an arborist with expertise in fig tree management, which has been completed. Further investigations have been recommended and Council are undertaking these as a matter of urgency.

“I know that the damage caused by this tree to property has been very stressful for nearby owners but I commend Council’s efforts to examine all possible options to save this tree, to preserve our local heritage and environment,” said Ms Smith.

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