Threatened Trees

We have become aware that many residents are concerned that we are loosing our trees. This is a campaign to turn this trend.


If you know of any supreme examples of poor tree maintenance and / or destruction which you think should be on this page.


When /if you get word that a tree is to be /or is being removed. We will let the community know ASAP and follow up on the outcomes.

Contact Georges River Council to report your concerns: Phone: 9330 6400

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23 Bay Road, Oatley – A development proposal has been lodged that is seeking the removal of at least 30 trees, mainly very large significant Blackbutts. The proposal is to demolish the existing dwelling and construction of two free standing dwellings. Submissions are Due 20 September 2017.  Pending

2 Baker Street – It has come to our attention that the very large palm tree outside 2 Baker Street has possibly been poisoned. A request has been made to council to inspect the site and test for possible poisoning. No Testing

24 Yarran Road- Thanks to the vigilance of local residents an illegal tree removal taking place at 24 Yarran Road, Oatley was spotted on 07/09/17. Arborists were in the process of removing a large Angophora from the backyard of this address. It used to tower over the two-storey house. Council customer support confirmed there’s no approval and that a council officer would attend.  Also picture street tree at 22A illegally removed.

Action – Letter from Council 15/01/2018:  Notes Council inspected site and determined that a substantial Eucalyptus had been removed without permission. No fines were imposed only a request that the resident plant trees and look after them to maturity.

31 Balmoral Road – heavy pruning  reported on 30 August 2017. Council advice is that Eucalyptus microcorys  has been pruned to make safe by removing 3-4 meters length laterals leaving coat hanger.   Action: Council advised that although it looks  like the  tree has been poisoned, there is not enough evidence to prosecute!


Oatley Bay Memorial BoardwalkA tree massacre has been bought to our attention at the Oatley Bay Memorial Boardwalk. A nearby resident was seen removing gum trees, mangrove trees casuarinas and others on the 13th, 27th July and 1st August, this was reported with photos to council. It has certainly created a ‘water view’    Action: Council expressed intention to prosecute

Since then the property unit at 19/13 Spalding Crescent, sold before  auction on  18/11/17 . Some have noted it would seem an ideal place to erect one of those boards that blocks the view from the unit and shames the perpetrator.

120 Gungah bay Road - A community street tree of great significance is threatened as it is not protected from construction work. It shows evidence of vehicle compacting around its root zone. It is part of a stand of indigenous trees down from the corner of Gungah Bay Rd with Douglas Haig Street towards the dead end heading south.

90 Gungah Bay Road – Application (31/05/17) has been made for removal of a street tree in conjunction with a development at the property. The removal of this tree is not necessary for the development.

UPDATE – 02/08/17 – Following advice from council the applicant has revised the application in support of the street tree retention and protection. Read More

2 Myra Place 

June 2017 It has cone to our notice that a very large tree has been removed from the front of the property. This was not authorised by council. In addition  it appears a non compliant fence is being constructed.


111 Gungah Bay Road – (15 June 2017) DA to remove very large Blackbutt Tree  – The original DA for this dual occupancy approved by Hurstville Council granted permission for the removal of five (5) trees, now gone but this tree and five others were to be retained. MCubed Design has now lodged an application to remove this tree.  Result : Thanks to community intervention this tree has been saved!!!!

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33 Gunga Bay Rd 20170522 cropped23 May 2017: Gungah Bay Road – inappropriate trimming. This is a common complaint of  street trees around wires. The example below was sent to us by a concerned resident. Here a substantial part of Council’s street tree which forked eastwards towards the property, at 33 Gungah bay Road has been removed. The tree now appears to be unbalanced and may be in danger of toppling into the street. Georges River Council have been asked to investigate and advise what action Council is taking in this matter.

5 May 2017 – 29 Baker Street:  Street tree removal  The  Customer Service Officer said the report had stated that this tree “fell over in a storm”. I have much admired this majestic tree, and did note in a recent storm it dropped a branch, that was ‘cleaned up’ by a crew on a particular day. Much to the disappointment of both my husband and I, the next day the whole of the  tree was removed,  though it looked healthy to us, and in fact the stump looks that way and it is still in the ground. Photo 5/5/17; stump ground out a week later.

5 May 2017 -79 Gungah Bay Rd : Street Tree removal. The Report stated that a “pruning request” only was approved. The Council Customer Officer could see no approval for further removal and could not explain why the Street tree has been removed.  Tree photographed 5 May 2017 in the driveway. So why has this tree been removed, and why is this  council report seemingly inaccurate?  Action: Street Tree Has been replaced  Read More

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