EIGHT fig trees were removed along the Bruxner Hwy this week, to make way for a new roundabout outside the Masters home improvement store in South Lismore, which will open next year.
The small-leaved figs were part of a 300m-long avenue of trees that marks the Bruxner Hwy's passing through South Lismore industrial estate, from Three Chain Rd.
Their removal was authorised under the development application for the $11 million Masters development, which includes a 10,000sq m building and 386 car spaces.
Lismore City Council used developer contributions to fund the new roundabout and associated road widening, which required the removal of the trees.
But under the development's approval, the same number of mature figs must be planted nearby to compensate and retain the amenity of the area.
The Masters store, creating a home improvement super precinct alongside Bunnings, will employ 100 people when it opens early next year.
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