Park bare after tree chop

Moruya's Russ Martin Park is looking a bit bare after  two iconic 122-year-old fig trees were pulled out earlier this week.

A protester halted the works on Tuesday morning when she climbed one of the Moreton Bay figs and remained there for most of the day, holding a sign saying "Save these fig trees".

She left the site later that afternoon.

By Wednesday afternoon the remains of the trees were gone and excavation work was being completed.

The trees were removed after being labelled a high risk to public safety. Non-repairable decay fungi Phellinus was found in the wood and both trees were suffering the effects of Fig Psyllid – a sticky insect that blocks leaf breathing pores - at “alarming levels”.

At 2pm today two new fig trees will be planted in the park.

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