New President says ANZAC trees to stay on shire hit list
President Rayner, who was abused by protesters at the site two years ago, told this month’s annual electors’ meeting that the council’s 2016 decision to cut down the two lemon-scented gums would not be rescinded.
August 2016 Flashback – the RSL’s Bruce Guthrie with two Anzac trees facing the axe.Read more
He was answering a question from a heavy haulage vehicle operator who asked “when are the trees going to go because they are an utter and absolute traffic hazard”.
The two trees stand on one of four tight corners that breach truck safety standards on the town’s temporary heavy haulage bypass.
The council gave no public notice of its 2016 decision to axe the trees, sparking community anger when the story appeared in The Toodyay Herald the following week.
“As far as I’m concerned, those trees have to go,” the ratepayer said.
President Rayner said there was still a decision on the books to remove the trees.
“We’re not going to take them out yet because we’ve applied for funds to widen that corner,” he said.
“We’ve put a stay on it until we can get Main Roads WA funds for all four corners.
“We are liable if there is an accident on that corner, which is why the council’s decision (to cut down the trees) must stand.”