Cr Alan Brown is calling for a report on the suitability of the poinciana trees planted in the Ballina CBD.
Cr Alan Brown is calling for a report on the suitability of the poinciana trees planted in the Ballina CBD. The Northern Star/Supplied

Ballina CBD trees may face the chop

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 block of River Street in 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 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 Ballina CBD in 2003. This occurred while Cr Brown was not on the 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.

He warned those problems would only get worse as the trees matured in several years' time, and their 'prolific flowers' also fell off.

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

Cr Brown said CBD business owners were affected by the foliage dropping to the ground, as it was then walked into shops by customers.

Additionally, the trees could block signage and the roots could, in the future, lift pavers.

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



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