City removes veteran fungal-infected tree

The fungal infected tree in Padbury with its broken branches.         d441700
The fungal infected tree in Padbury with its broken branches.         d441700

City of Joondalup chief executive Garry Hunt said a City officer received a call about a fallen branch on Saturday, July 25 and taped off the area around the tree for the safety of park users.

�The fallen limb was not removed at this time given its size and because of the need for an independent arborist to examine and inspect both the tree and the fallen branch to ascertain what caused the fall,� he said.

�The subsequent arborist report indicated that the cause of the branch fall was likely a fungal infection caused by sulphur crested cockatoos eating away the tree�s cambium layer (underneath the bark).

�A second branch fall on Monday, August 3 left the City with no other option but to engage a tree services contractor to remove the tree for safety reasons.�

To report fallen tree branches and other maintenance issues, email info@joondalup.wa.gov.au.