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Remove the Cow Itch Tree (Lagunaria patersonii) in Longmore Street

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We are petitioning the Port Phillip Council to remove a problematic Cow Itch Tree (Lagunaria patersonii) outside 24 Longmore Street, St Kilda West.

The tree causes skin irritation or allergic reaction, from just walking past the tree as hairs from the seedpods (both those on the tree and the fallen debris) become airborne. These fibreglass like splinters are painful and require removal with tweezers - often in the dozens.

Due to these reasons many other councils are removing it, particularly in areas where children frequent.

On one occasion, after sweeping the footpath the clear of the large volume of debris and seedpods the tree drops, one of the hairs from the seedpod lodged in my eye. This was extremely painful.

The Port Phillip Council's Tree Removal Panel have once rejected an application because the tree is regarded as a healthy specimen. This decision is disappointing because it does not take into consideration that the tree is a nuisance and is considered by many councils as such.

In a street with many young families and a park at the end of the street, we are surprised at the Port Phillip Council’s decision that the tree not be removed based on risk to the community.

We request the Port Phillip Council to reconsider the decision to remove this nuisance tree.

To express you concern, in addition to signing this petition, please contact the Port Phillip Council.

Phone: 03 9209 6777 (business hours)
Email: assist@portphillip.vic.gov.au

Alternatively, contact our Ward Councillor, Judith Klepner

Phone:  03 9209 6705 (business hours)
Mobile:  0409 968 850
Fax:  03 9536 2768
Email: jklepner@portphillip.vic.gov.au



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