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‘Unsafe’ trees to go at Thirroul

Workers prepare to remove large trees in Fords Road Thirroul. PHOTO: Warren & Diana Ackary.

A NUMBER of trees in Fords Road Thirroul will be removed by Wollongong City Council on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

Council said the work is required to address the dangerous nature of the trees and to reduce the risk of falling branches.

The trees were inspected by Council’s arborists and an independent arborist after a 5m branch fell from one of the trees earlier this year. Council said the trees were found to be unsafe, with extensive hollows and rotting in their trunks.

Residents have been informed of the work that will take place between 9am-3pm both days.

To protect the safety of Council workers, Endeavour Energy will close off power on Fords Road between 9am-3pm and will have staff onsite while the work is carried out.

Between 9am-3pm on both days Fords Road will be closed to through traffic at Hicks Road and there will be no through traffic to Sylvan Estate.

Council said it understands the work may cause inconvenience to residents and apologises for any disruption it may cause. However, it says it consider the work essential for the safety of residents

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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