28 August 2017
Bega Valley Shire Council is taking steps to ensure the safety of people in Bermagui by removing three trees and undertaking necessary maintenance pruning on a number of other well-established trees.
The planned work comes on the back of assessments by a qualified arborist and Council staff of the trees within the township that identified the unacceptable risk.
The three trees earmarked for removal are a pine at Dickinson Point and two eucalypts (Southern Mahogany, Eucalyptus botryoides) in the vicinity of the Surf Club and new outdoor gym facility.
New plantings will be undertaken to compensate for the losses near the outdoor gym.
Maintenance pruning and dead wooding will be undertaken on a further pine at Dickinson Point and three other eucalypts in the Surf Club and Dickinson Park area.
Council’s Recreation Assets Officer, John Turville, said Council appreciates the value of trees, particularly within parkland settings, however it had become necessary to reduce the risk these long standing trees posed.
“Unfortunately ongoing management is not always practical and ultimately we need to keep people’s safety at the front of our minds,” Mr Turville said.
The work will be undertaken by a qualified and experienced team of arborists over September 13 and 14, the toilets located near the Surf Club and outdoor gym will have to be closed to allow access and maintain safety for all.
The closure should last no longer than one day, the public toilets at Bruce Steer Pool to the west are the community’s best alternative.
Any queries should be directed to Council’s Recreation Assets Officer, John Turville, on 0427 570 599.
Photograph: Trees overhanging the outdoor gym in Bermagui