Pesky pines will be felled

AFTER 18 months of heavy campaigning, Kookora Street residents can finally say goodbye to the pine trees plaguing their lives.

But not for at least another six months the $41,000 removal project will have to be worked into the 2014-2015 budget.

The 18 athel pines were lopped 20 years ago but have grown back to their original height and cannot be lopped again, due to weakening that would cause them to drop limbs.

Residents between the intersections of Banna Avenue and Kooringal Avenue and visitors to the Kookora Street Surgery who took issue with pine needles dropping onto their cars petitioned council to have the trees removed.

As a result, councillors voted to allow the removal of the trees.

An irrigation system will also be installed to support the 10 new trees planted to replace the old ones.

Kookora Street resident Rosemary Rogan said the pine needles dropped from the trees had caused extensive damage to her property.

"They killed my lawn and they fill my gutters," Mrs Rogan said.

"Every second day I have to rake my yard and it's been more than three years I've been fighting this.

"It's a mess this is the worst street in Griffith."

Mrs Rogan was happy to hear the trees will be removed, but said it would not be done soon enough.

She had also requested council construct a footpath along that strip of road an option council will consider.

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