Residents cut loose at pine plans
LYN DAVIS was angered to see the removal of two Norfolk Island pines and a hoop pine from her Pacific Terrace neighbourhood in East Ballina in the last few days.
As residents gathered yesterday to protest the felling of one of the mature pines, she said the lopping increased the toll of trees lost in the terrace to six in the last six years.
“If we all did that, it would be like living in Kellyville (a western Sydney suburb with a lot of new estates),” the resident of 10 years said.
She wants Ballina Shire Council to implement a tree preservation order – with a requirement for council approval to remove any tree over a certain height – so residents can have a say in the removal of trees.
Ballina Shire Council’s group manager – regulatory services, Rod Willis, said the protection of trees in the shire was complex.
“Broadly, Ballina Shire does have vegetation protection provisions,” he said.
He said State and National legislation, council’s Local Environment Plan and a vegetation management order for the coastal area of Lennox Head provided protection for trees, and residents should check with council before removing any.