City of Vincent won’t cut down bottle brush despite pleas from elderly asthma sufferer


Angela Antonelli said the bottlebrush tree near her yard is upsetting her asthma and damaging her drainage. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Angela Antonelli said the bottlebrush tree near her yard is upsetting her asthma and damaging her drainage. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

A MT Lawley senior is begging the City of Vincent to cut down a bottlebrush tree outside her yard that is triggering her asthma.

Angela Antonelli (74) said she has contacted the City four times in the last few weeks to have the verge tree removed, but has not had a response.

The Norfolk Street resident said she had to care for her 79-year-old husband and her asthma was taking a toll.

“I have very bad asthma and the tree is damaging the drainage,” she said.

“I called the City of Vincent but nothing has happened; I am concerned for my health, this can’t go on”

She said she was also constantly sweeping up mess from the tree around her house.

City of Vincent chief executive Len Kosova said the City would not remove the tree.

“The landowner of the adjacent property has been in regular contact with the City, requesting removal of the two verge trees,” he said.

“The owner contends that the trees need to be removed because they aggravate their asthma, leaves from the trees are filling their gutters and that the roots of the trees have apparently invaded sewerage pipes.

“The City does not support the removal of the two verge trees in question.”

Mr Kosova said requests by residents to remove verge trees were assessed on a case-by-case basis.

He said the City had removed 23 verge trees since July 1 this year, and in that time planted 486 new street trees.