Local cut to pieces over jacaranda tree removal
PLANTED firmly on the ground beneath a semi-dismembered jacaranda tree, Ursula Tunks wasn't going anywhere.
Clarence Valley Council workers attempted to remove the Cowan St tree but neighbouring resident Ms Tunks would not stand for it - literally.
"I'm not moving," she said as council workers attempted to remove her from the area.
"We never had any community consultation and nobody ever asked us whether we wanted this tree cut down."
Ms Tunks said the removal of the tree was another way the council was "disregarding South Grafton history".
"I'm sick of being looked down on on this side of the bridge," she said.
"We are not the poorer second cousin of Grafton.
"There was a jigsaw puzzle made about this street - this is our history they're cutting down."
Not a regular protester, Ms Tunks said this was worth making a fuss about.
"I used to be a Federal Police officer, so I used to stop protesters and I know what it's like - but this is worth getting arrested over."
Clarence Valley Council general manager Scott Greensill said the trees were old and posed a safety hazard.
He said they were assessed by an arborist and were deemed dangerous, and the council had a duty of care to ensure identified risks to the public were removed.
Mr Greensill said the trees would be replaced with new jacarandas later in the year.