Cypress removed after wind damage

Bass Coast Shire Council is removing a Cypress tree from near the Rhyll Jetty after it was damaged by strong winds this week.

The tree, estimated to be around 70 years old, suffered a significant split down its trunk.

Council’s Manager Sustainable Environment, Deirdre Griepsma, said Council officers and an arborist assessed the tree on Thursday.

“The damaged was deemed so major that the tree could not be saved by any maintenance works, such as pruning or bracing,” Ms Griepsma said.

“The tree is also located in an area of high public use, where many foreshore users walk and park vehicles, and was at risk of falling on the historic Rhyll Jetty Shed.

“This building has heritage value to many in the community and Council has recently invested in restoration works to the Shed.

“Due to the trees condition and risk to public safety, the only option was to remove the tree.”

Council will now work with the local community to identify suitable replacement shade trees.

For further information, please contact Council’s Coast and Bushland Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.