At last week’s Council Meeting Councillors voted to cut down the controversial fig tree on Castle Drive Lennox Head.
The fate of this tree had been a big concern for local residents for several weeks, ever since Council determined to knock it down. Last week, Councillor Jeff Johnson moved a recission motion but was narrowly defeated as a result of the casting vote of the Mayor.
The minutes describe the proceedings as follows:
Rescission Motion – Fig Tree – Castle Drive, Lennox Head
A Motion was moved by Cr Jeff Johnson and seconded by Cr Phillip Meehan That Resolution CF231117/1, as follows, be rescinded:
1. That based on the advice from Council’s Insurer that the Council and the community will not have any insurance coverage in respect to future property damage claims arising from the Fig Tree located in Castle Drive, Lennox Head, Council accepts there is no reasonable alternative but to authorise the General Manager to remove Fig Tree and replace it with a suitable mature native species.
2. That the General Manager undertake a comprehensive media campaign prior to the removal of the Fig Tree to communicate the reasons for Council having no alternative except to remove the tree.
The Motion was LOST. FOR VOTE – Cr Phillip Meehan, Cr Sharon Parry, Cr Jeff Johnson, Cr Nathan Willis and Cr Keith Williams AGAINST VOTE – Cr David Wright, Cr Eoin Johnston, Cr Stephen McCarthy, Cr Sharon Cadwallader and Cr Ben Smith and the casting vote of the Mayor