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444 Bronte Road Bronte NSW 2024

Remove one (1) Lemon Scented Gum from front of house, remove one (1) Paulownia tomentosa from rear garden.

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website about 1 month ago. It was received by them 3 days earlier.

(Source: Waverley Council, reference TPO-113/2021)

12 Comments

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  1. virginia commented

    Again one wonders why the need for removal of the Lemon scented gum? If it is healthy
    could it not be pruned rather then removed.The birds particularly like to sit in taller trees
    but also these trees are a source of habitat for the local fauna.

  2. Nicolette Boaz commented

    I can only assume that there is a really really good reason to remove a lemon scented gum - they are a magnificent tree, home to many creatures and if it is a mature tree - provides us all with an air filtration system. it should not be allowed to be removed without a very good reason and the person who does so should go and plant 6 nearby- but NOTHING replaces a mature tree.

  3. Lenore commented

    It is vandalism to remove mature trees.

  4. Judy Ebner commented

    I agree with the above objections . Birds and bees etc need these tall flowering trees. Ever increasing concrete structures in Bronte.

  5. Kate Watson commented

    Re proposed removal of the Lemon Scented Eucalypt

    This tree should only be removed if:

    * it is dangerous and that danger cannot be ameliorated by an arborist or with tree care.
    or
    *it is causing plumbing or structural damage which cannot be remedied in a different way.

    All options to save the tree should be considered because lack of tree hollows is one of the key factors currently leading to species extinctions. Tree hollows take between 120 and 400 years to form in eucalypts, with hollows large enough for owls and large gliders and possums taking around 220 years. We have 340 vertebrate species reliant on tree hollows as habitat and for breeding, with 100 of those species being listed as endangered. (see book by Lindenmayer and Gibbons: Tree hollows and Wildlife Conservation in Australia) So replacing trees with saplings is no equivalent because they will not counterbalance the loss of mature trees.

    In addition we have just lost huge numbers of trees and wildlife in our recent bushfires, with some birds and other animals being displaced into urban areas as a result. So removal of trees for any reason other than danger or damage is now anachronistic and should not be allowed.

    Thank you

  6. Julie Huber commented

    I agree with the above objections.

    Our surviving wildlife is in extremis and we need to include this in considering tree removal.

    As a result of bushfires there is a huge percentage of tree loss, which means there are less trees to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, so the speed of the onset of climate change is increased. If we don't want our planet to turn into a hard brown rock like our sister planet Venus, which was a blue and green planet before it overheated, then we must start being serious in all that we do to slow climate change.

    Any trees, especially mature ones, should be retained now unless they pose a danger.

  7. Will Scott commented

    And the leaves make good bush tea and can be used/sold to some restaurants
    for flavouring certain dishes ...
    and the small twigs with leaves can be put in a small pot in the house for a pleasant scent
    It's a shame to just whack it down ...
    if it 'bothers' you cant you just prune it back a bit?

  8. Amanda Hendriks commented

    Politely and clearly NO , for all the reasons stated above.
    When will these endless requests for tree removal cease.

  9. Kate commented

    I agree with the comments as outlined. I do think council needs to have stricter rules and clearer guidelines about tree removal as there seem to be a lot more applications in recent times. and that owners/occupiers need to be fully informed of the consequences of tree removal beyond their perceived impact on building and alterations. The council needs to step up and organise public forums where these issues can be discussed and debated so that we are all better informed about the impact of native tree removal.

  10. Jane lindsay commented

    Stop it. Just stop it. A lemon scented gum is a glorious tree, and a native. Unlike us.

  11. Pamela Lansky Williams commented

    Choices...A lovely purposeful native Australian tree or are we planning on living in a soulless concrete jungle?

  12. Paul Johnstone (PJ) commented

    As eloquently expressed by previous correspondents, I would want to view a very specific 'reason' for the removal of a perfectly healthy native tree.

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