Tumby Bay resident calls for arborist opinion

TREE: The Norfolk pine tree growing at the corner of Esplanade and Bawden Street in Tumby Bay.

TREE: The Norfolk pine tree growing at the corner of Esplanade and Bawden Street in Tumby Bay.

A Tumby Bay resident who lives adjacent to a Norfolk pine tree growing on the corner of Esplanade and Bawden Street says an arborist should be consulted before anything is done to the tree.

The tree was discussed at the Tumby Bay District Council meeting in December where councillors debated whether it should be removed as it was causing damage to the footpath.

However Dr Chong Han Lim, who lives at the house on the corner of Esplanade and Bawden Street, said he had originally raised the issue with council as patients were questioning him about the lifted pavement outside his house.

An aborist can help us make an informed decision.

Dr Chong Han Lim

However he said he would like to see an expert, such as an arborist, called in so the right decision could be made.

“My suggestion at the time three years ago, and still stands today, is to listen to the experts,” he said.

“An arborist can help us make an informed decision.”

Dr Lim said he had spoken to older fishermen who had told him the tree had been used and still was used as a landmark, and was possibly the tallest Norfolk pine in town.

He said he was also sure the tree had been planted there before 1961, when his house was built, after talking to Dr Dennis Eaton about it.

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