ONE of the City of Joondalup’s oldest tuart trees needs to be removed after being damaged.
Last month, a significant part of the eucalyptus gomphocephala next to the Craigie Leisure Centre fell down, with storms playing a role in the damage.
“The tree’s health and structural integrity was inspected by the City’s arborist, and an assessment and subsequent report was prepared by an independent arborist,” Joondalup acting chief executive Dale Page said.
“The report found there was significant fracturing and cracking at the tree’s ground level, which was significantly affecting its structural stability.
“Due to the damage sustained and concern over the likelihood of failure to retain the tree as is, as well as the potential for serious damage to property and injury to people in the event of this failure, the independent arborist report recommended removal of the tree.”
The City’s contractors are removing the tree this week.
“It is intended for the tree to be dismantled in segments, allowing wood to be salvaged and repurposed for future use by the City,” Ms Page said.
“Viable seeds and cuttings from the tree will also be sought to grow in the City’s nursery.”
The City’s refurbishment plans for Craigie Leisure Centre had included retention of the tree within the overflow car park area.
To compensate for the loss, the refurbishment will now consider the possibility of planting additional trees within the overall site plan.