Trees along the Byron Bay foreshore will be removed next week.
Trees along the Byron Bay foreshore will be removed next week. DAVID NIELSEN

Dying trees on beach foreshore to be removed

TREES lining Byron Bay's Main Beach will be removed next week due to concerns over public safety.

A Byron Shire Council spokesman said following advice from an independent arborist, they would be removing 13 casuarina and two banksia trees on the Main Beach foreshore at Byron Bay next week.

The trees are in the park stretching from the Byron Bay Surf Lifesaving Club to the Clarks Beach car park.

The spokesman said many of the trees were planted approximately 30 years ago after sand mining in the area and they are reaching the end of their natural life.

He said the trees have been in poor health for some time and in late 2017 the council contracted an independent arborist to assess them and their potential to pose a risk to public safety.

The arborist advised the council 15 trees should be removed because they are dead or dying, and 15 others needed to have dead branches pruned.

Phil Holloway, Director Infrastructure Services, said the council understands that the community values trees in parks but the ones that are earmarked for removal pose a risk to people who may be walking or sitting underneath them.

"These trees are at the end of their lifespan, are in poor health or have already died and for this reason they need to be removed,” Mr Holloway said.

"This stretch of foreshore attracts large numbers of tourists and we don't want anyone getting hurt by an unstable tree, or by a falling limb.

"Council has a strict policy for compensatory planting and for every tree we remove, we will be planting three littoral rainforest trees that are local species and are more suitable for the area.

All works will be carried out by a qualified arborist in accordance with the recommendations of the Australian Standard AS 4373-2007 pruning of amenity trees.

Weather permitting the works will be carried out on Wednesday November 7.