An application has been received by Wollongong Council to remove one of the Norfolk Island Pines on the northern side of the newly-developed Headlands Hotel.
The hotel’s Body Corporate says a site inspection has been carried out and the tree appears to be in heavy decline.
The Body Corporate has asked for permission to remove the tree amid fears for it’s declining health and brittle branches.
The submission lists fears dead branches will fall on pedestrians or passing vehicles .
The Consulting arborist says in the report “the tree will not recover from its current state and is recommended for removal.”
The retention of the Norfolk Island Pines was part of the development consent.
The Norfolk Island Pines are Heritage Listed due to their significance for historic, aesthetic, social and research reasons.
According to www.environment.nsw.gov.au “the pines mark the site of the former Headlands Hotel which stood on this prominent site from the 1920s until 2016 and was a significant building for the local community.
AND FUN FACT:- Before there were any hotels on the site- it was a salt mine!