Protect significant trees in Ballina Shire NSW
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The significant trees in Ballina Shire are being chopped down progressively due to root damage, insurance assessors requests and council infrastructure damage. In particular it's critical to protect the large fig trees on Ballina Island. This is happening due to the bulk of them not being protected in the heritage register even though elected councillors over the years have demaned these large trees be saved.
Ballina Shire recently adopted a strategy about it becoming a regional city - critical to this are the finer things of life including promoting art, outdoor dining and importantly protecting street amenity such as these large street trees. We are requesting the Ballina Shire Council:
1. Complete a significant tree register in the first half of 2017.
2. Protect these significant trees as heritage items in the heritage register under the Local Environmental Plan. That this include the large fig trees in Tamar Street on Ballina Island.
3. Engage an independent expert arborist consultant to provide recommendations on how to manage significant tree root damage (without chopping the trees down) and that the Council fully fund these works.
4. That Council advocate to power companies in the Shire that they introduce as they have done in the Blue Mountains a aerial bundling cable policy in the canopy of significant trees to minimise pruning.
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