LEAVE THEM: Yamba Landcare’s Paul Stephens on Yamba Hill near the dead trees which he believes were poisoned. Photo Debrah Novak
LEAVE THEM: Yamba Landcare’s Paul Stephens on Yamba Hill near the dead trees which he believes were poisoned. Photo Debrah Novak

Call for ‘probably poisoned’ trees to remain

A YAMBA Landcare worker says a stand of dead and dying trees, probably poisoned last year, should be left in place to thwart the desires of vandals.

Paul Stephens reported what he thought was the poisoning of a stand of bush in Clarence St, near the Yamba Hotel last year, to Clarence Valley Council

He has just received a letter from the council saying it was likely the trees had been poisoned, although it was not certain.

Mr Stephens said he had worked on vegetation in the area and was familiar with the effect spraying poison had on vegetation.

"All the trees closest to the road have been affected, but ones further away are doing OK," he said.

"All the banksias have died, but the tuckeroos look like they're making a comeback."

Mr Stephens suspects the trees were poisoned because they blocked the view of the ocean.

"We've had examples of this in recent years in Yamba," he said.

"I don't know what council want to do about this, but I would prefer to leave the trees there for now," he said.

"If we take them away, it means the vandals have won.

"At least now they have to look through the branches of dead trees to get their view."

He said it was possible to plant new vegetation around the dead trees.

The banksia trees provided food for cockatoos, several species of parrot as well as some small mammals.

"If people want a clear view of the sea, they can go to the Gold Coast," he said.

"There's absolutely no trees there to block their view."

Mr Stephens said in his experience it was quite difficult to kill woody trees, but some products could do the job.

Clarence Valley Council was asked about its plans for the area, but had not replied by late Monday.



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