Concerns have been raised over the health of pine trees at the Headlands development at Austinmer.
In particular, one tree on the northern side of the property is beginning to brown, with locals fearing more maybe threatened by their proximity to the construction works.
The massive trees are listed on Wollongong City Council’s list of items of Environmental Heritage Significance.
Council is aware of the situation, saying they have inspected the pines both late last year, and again this year.
“The developer is undertaking works in compliance with the conditions in the development approval including the protection of the trees as per the independent consulting Arborists Report,” says a Council spokesperson. “As the development is under the supervision of private principal certifying authority (PCA) Council has raised the issue of the declining tree with the Private Certifier and the developer and has requested that the tree be inspected by the consulting Arborist.”
” This may include actions such as issuing of a Penalty Infringement Notice or seeking to have the works remedied to comply with the conditions of consent in the Development Application.
“In this instance, as the site is under the supervision of a Private Principal Certifying Authority, Council would also need to act in accordance with its Private Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) Complaint Policy.”