One still quiet and sunny day last week I was taking a walk with my kids along Reserve drive in Bateau Bay on the Central Coast NSW. We noticed a few people standing around a car in the distance. As we got closer (and looked up) we could see why……a large tree section had fallen on an unsuspecting beach goers SUV .
Luckily no one was inside….
Luckily no people were under the tree when it failed….
a few days later National Parks NSW put up some barricades and removed the tree. This was quite a shame as it was a great habitat tree with lots of hollows for wild life.
Trees May Fall….
Be careful this Easter school holidays when walking under, camping under or parking under trees. Keep an eye out for large dead limbs. Look up, be respectful and mindful of trees and stay safe.
As part of the Central Coast Council, Wyong Council has now bought it’s tree policy into alignment with that of Gosford Council.
Previously most* trees were exempt for removal for residential properties in the Wyong Council area. This has now changed.
Highlights: All trees will now require approval for tree removal in Wyong.
Exempt Tree Works:
The following activities can, in most cases, be carried out without seeking formal Council approval;
Trees within three (3) metres of an approved building (measured one (1) metre above ground level and between the face of the wall and the part of the trunk nearest the building), providing the tree species is not a threatened species or listed on Council’s Significant Tree Register or Heritage Item.
Specified vegetation may only be cleared in accordance with the 10/50 rules as set out in the Code of Practice.
Removal of dead and or dangerous trees due to obvious instability or hazard. Evidence must be kept for a minimum of six (6) months and made available to Council if required. Evidence such as photos of the tree in situ and report by a suitably qualified and experience person, or statement from State Emergency Services (if the service carried out the works).
Both these Councils within the same demographic and geographic area have wildly different attitudes towards trees. I don’t see any change in the immediate future, but I would like to see Wyong Council shift their “cut anything down” policy to align more with Gosford Councils policy towards the preservation and maintenance of trees in the Central Coast region. Note: Great to see they have now done this. (Edit note update 2018)
For any questions or to arrange a FREE quote or tree assessment: Contact an Arborist, Will Jones: 0402 418 017
Cocos palms are an introduced species from South America. The tropical theme must have been all the rage back in the 1980’s as these trees are everywhere! Whilst they do look tropical they are also a nuisance to the urban environment. The crown of these palm trees are nesting sites for indian minor birds and cockroaches a-plenty. The berries are a food source for fruit bats which poop all over your car, the acidity of it ruins your duco! The dropped berries are a food source for rats and are a also choking hazard to your pets and a trip hazard to unsuspecting humans. It doesn’t end there, think a palm tree has a small root system? Wrong! The little finger roots of palms get into all pipes and drainage ditches, their mass of roots will expand to push over walls and encroach on pools.
What to do? We recommend replacing your unwanted cocos palms with Aussie native trees or native palms such as the bangalow palm – a much more gentle and attractive species. The bangalow palm is self cleaning and is much less of a habitat for unwanted nasties as is the cocos palm.
Here is a video showing the first step – repurpose your cocos palm into mulch.
Most tree removal and tree lopping on the Central Coast, requires approval from either Gosford or Wyong Shire Councils. Although both Councils have recently amalgamated, care should be taken as both Councils still have slightly different guidelines when it comes to working on their trees.
You can be working on eucalyptus species tree pruning in Gosford, then drive 5 minutes up the road and be pruning trees in Bateau Bay (Wyong Shire), where it is a whole different ball game. Bateau Bay East is identified as a particularly unique and vulnerable coastal environment, and to their credit, Wyong Council has done a great job of preserving this natural habitat in the past – UNTIL NOW!
Wyong Council has recently updated it’s Development Control Plan and tree works guidelines. Previously trees within 3 metres of a building were exempt from approval providing they were not on the Councils endangered or keystone species list and were not located in sensitive areas such as Bateau Bay East.
NOW all trees on residential blocks under 1500 square metres are exempt for tree removal in Wyong, unless they are endangered or keystone species! It should also be noted that endangered or keystone species, irrespective of height and distance from your home require Council approval for any tree works at all times. Exceptions to this rule are those trees identified as undesirable species. Be careful here as well, as some cultivars (cultivated varieties) of these undesirables are not classed as undesirables (eg robinia pseudoacacia).
The regulations are a bit of a mind field, you can find further documentation on this from Wyong Council or check out our tree service Central Coast page for Council approval forms and information. If you are still having trouble contact an Arborist on 43846486 or the Council officers directly.
Some trees in Gosford and Wyong Council are exempt from approval for tree removal