Healthy tree axed in mix-up

Stumped... Desmond Cooray with what remains of a healthy jacaranda tree. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d403399
Stumped... Desmond Cooray with what remains of a healthy jacaranda tree. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d403399

Melville chief executive Shayne Silcox confirmed the City’s contractors ‘unfortunately’ removed the wrong tree.

Instead of cutting down the declining tree at 60A Glenelg Street, City of Melville contractors mistakenly cut down the healthy neighbouring tree at 60.

The large tree, which was at least 30 years old, was reduced to a stump.

But the council has promised to replace the tree with another jacaranda tree, the same height as the one removed, by mid July.

The owners of the house said they were disappointed the healthy jacaranda had been cut down.

‘I got home from work and saw it was gone,’ Ione Cooray said.

‘We have lived at the property for 25 years and there was definitely nothing wrong with the tree.’

Her husband Desmond Cooray said the tree next door was clearly marked so he couldn’t understand the mistake.

‘We are very disappointed the blessed thing was cut down,’ he said.

Dr Silcox said the tree at 60A Glenelg Street will still be removed as originally planned and a replacement jacaranda planted during the winter of 2014.