Town Hall trees to get the chop

FOUR London Plane trees damaging the heritage listed Town Hall will be removed by Wollongong City Council.
The trees, in Kembla Street between Crown Street and Burelli Street, will get the chop on Sunday February 3.
The roots of the 40-year-old trees are cracking the foundations of the Town Hall, lifting the pavement and damaging underground services.
The trees will be replaced with four Illawarra Flame Trees, which Council says will be planted in April once remediation work, such as removal of tree roots, adding root barriers and completing repaving is undertaken.The tree removal is taking place on a Sunday to minimise disruption and businesses in the area have been contacted about the work.

Council will also remove a Plane tree in Burelli Street outside Wollongong City Gallery and two Cocos palms on Crown Street in front of the Wollongong Town Hall on the same day. These trees are being removed for safety reasons – they’re each affecting sightlines for drivers and pedestrians.

Council says it apologises for any disruption the work may cause.


About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and 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 Australia 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 writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed 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 Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


One thought on “Town Hall trees to get the chop

  1. People who will not sustain trees will soon live in a world which cannot sustain people !!!


    Posted by susan sergent | January 23, 2013, 9:46 pm

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