Tree a ‘danger to motorists’

Garry Stirling next to the tree with the crack down its trunk. Mr Stirling is concerned that it is in danger of collapsing and hitting oncoming traffic. www.communitypix.com.au d398823
Garry Stirling next to the tree with the crack down its trunk. Mr Stirling is concerned that it is in danger of collapsing and hitting oncoming traffic. www.communitypix.com.au d398823

Wilson resident Garry Stirling is calling for the spotted gum tree, which appeared to have a large break running down to the roots, to be removed.

However, the City of Gosnells, which inspected the tree two hours after receiving the complaint on February 7, said the gum was ‘coping with the wound extremely well’ and that removal was unnecessary.

Mr Stirling, who saw the crack in the trunk as he was driving past the intersection, said he was concerned for passing traffic.

He said he felt that any trees with structural damage should be removed, for the safety of motorists.

Said City of Gosnells Chief Executive Officer Ian Cowie: ‘The City is aware of this tree and has a plan in place for it to be inspected periodically to monitor its progress.

‘This is managed through remedial pruning, the installation of fall arrest devices, root management techniques or, when it is absolutely warranted, removal.’

‘All inspections on this tree have found the tree is building quality reactive wood and coping with the wound extremely well.

‘The specimen has shown overall improvement, with no remedial actions required.’