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After over two years of battles our coral trees are being cut down as I write.  These trees have served us well for over 60 years providing shade in summer, filtered sun in winter and wonderful red flowers to herald the spring.  Many of us will miss them.

When work to widen the street and provide kerb and guttering was undertaken in Marine Drive the trees roots were badly damaged. Many of us were shocked to see the damage. Council arrived early one morning with their chainsaws. The community had had no warning of these trees intended demise.  After protests to Council they had a stay of execution.

As a result of the roadwork Council sought an arborist report on the stability of the trees.  The report said the tree root damage made the trees unstable.  Council became concerned about public liability and has sought to have the trees removed since. 

Vale Tea Gardens Waterfront Coral Trees

However about  2 years ago we weathered a cyclone  which resulted in  extraordinary damage to Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest homes, gardens and bushland. 

State Emergency Services were billeted at Tea Gardens Hotel/Motel for two weeks helping to clean up the town, fell damaged trees and put tarpaulins over rooves. 

Not one coral tree was damaged.  Since then we have had strong winds and quite challenging weather patterns.  The coral trees withstood it all.  Sadly their time has come as they are deemed by our Council as noxious and unsafe species.

Replacement Ficus (native fig) trees have been found by Jenny Woodward of Tea Gardens Nursery.  They are, we believe about 5 meters high.  This year these trees will go into the ground along the central waterfront strip.   They are the same species of tree we see in front of the Hotel.

So, vale the coral trees.  Let’s hope the ficus thrive so our foreshore does not harbour a plethora of man-made shade structures, bins and other clutter forever.

Too many structures detract from our beautiful natural waterfront.  It is also worth noting we are one of the few country towns where our commercial area looks out over its river. 

Many towns such as Taree, Forster and Kempsey have their commercial backs to their waterfront view.

Let’s get it right – soft edges (plantings) along some of the concrete paths, a unified approach to bins so they don’t dominate the views, planned placement of signage, and a general reassessment of the clutter now more obvious due to the lack of large trees. 

Thanks coral trees – I remember you from my childhood.

By Lee Anderson