The large tree from which a branch fell, injuring two women in Nelligen this week, will be removed.
Eurobodalla Shire Council decided to fell the tree after the incident in a public foreshore park on Tuesday.
“The tree on Nelligen foreshore which dropped a branch on Tuesday has now been formally inspected by Council,” a spokesman said.
Acting General Manager Warren Sharpe said the tree would be removed “for the safety of our community”.
“Regrettably a branch falling off the tree caused an injury and there may be a chance of more branches falling off,” Mr Sharpe said.
“We appreciate that some people in our community will be sad to see the tree go and a sign explaining why it has to be removed soon will be erected near the tree this week.”
On Tuesday, a NSW Ambulance spokesman said one woman sustained head and arm injuries and another sustained an arm injury.
Council workers cordoned off the area soon after the incident and removed the fallen branch.
Mr Sharpe said new trees were recently planted at the park.
“Fortunately Council’s recent upgrade of the Nelligen foreshore included planting additional trees and these are now established and providing shade, along with the picnic shelter,” he said.
Nelligen cafe owner Rick Patman said witnesses rushed into his shop and requested an ambulance shortly after the incident at 1:10pm.
Mr Patman said it was the second time a branch had fallen from the tree in the past week.
He said he had informed the council of the danger the tree represented.
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