BAD TREE: Cr Alan Brown is calling on council staff to prepare a report on the suitability of the poincianas planted in the Bal
BAD TREE: Cr Alan Brown is calling on council staff to prepare a report on the suitability of the poincianas planted in the Bal

Poincianas 'not right'

IT'S not that Cr Alan Brown doesn't like poincianas he has one growing in his yard but he doesn't think they are an appropriate tree for the main River Street block of Ballina's CBD.

"They're a lovely tree, but they shouldn't have been planted there (in the CBD) in the first place," he said.

Cr Brown will today, December 18, call on his fellow councillors to support his move to have staff prepare a report on the trees which were planted during the redevelopment of the CBD in 2003 before Cr Brown was re-elected onto council.

Cr Brown said the trees were already causing problems as the leaves dropped off in winter, creating a mess on the footpath and adding to the slipperiness of the pavers, and meaning more maintenance for council workers.

And he said those problems could only get worse as the trees mature in several years time, and the 'prolific flowers' also fall off.

"I'm bringing this up now because when they (the trees) do become a problem, they will become a major problem," he said.

He said business owners in the CBD also are affected by the foliage dropping the ground, as it is then walked into shops by customers, as well as the trees continuing to grow and blocking signage.

The tree in Cr Brown's yard has reached a height of about 4m, 'and it has been trimmed over a long period of time'. He also said the tree roots in the future could lift pavers.

He wants council to engage an expert horticulturalist to report back to the council on the suitability of the trees planted between Moon and Cherry streets.

"They're not a suitable tree for the CBD," he said.

He said he would like to see them removed and replaced by natives.


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