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Byron Shire
April 19, 2021

Where’s the peace and tranquility?

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What has happened to our quiet suburbs? In Ocean Shores these days there is not a week day where and dysphonic cacophony of industrial machines is found attacking the shrubbery.

I feel like I have been invaded by men brandishing chainsaws and wood chippers daily.

Birds nesting, possums grunting ,ticks and sprites are now homeless. There are holes in the landscape skyline where great trees offered shelter and fresh air.

I have lost 9 days of work due to the extreme noise in the past three weeks, as there was no way to shut it out or anywhere to retreat to. I have to pay my rent and live too, so why should that ceaselessly and intermittently Offensive Noise be given priority over quiet residents? You do not live here!

I am extremely sensitive to noise and suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In regard to tree felling activities, even though given permission from our local council, doesn’t mean what you tree service people do is correct or proper. There is no ettiquette in what you do…no notice to local residents you just turn up and create a din that is horrible to any sensitive, elderly or infirm people nearby.  A  lovely neighbouring woman who lived directly behind a recent 29 tree killing assault is waiting for a liver transplant and can’t be on the list because of a weak heart.  I personally have had heart palpitations ongoingly since the 5 days straight of ‘tree removal’. There was no warning given to either of us as residents. Where is the care?

What this  business does is destructive to our environment on so many levels. I am sad that  anyone has to wake up to that daily especially here in this shire! Killing trees is not a way to live on this earth happily. Being in earshot of it is causing grief.


We do not have any reparation from that noisy and souless intrusion. There is an injustice. I can understand and tolerate that work if there is real need but when I can see no reason for most of the 29 trees in Tinbin Way (many which were mature habitat) in being taken other than for a fearful and disrespectful personal request,  I do not understand. Personally, I want to see heavy industrial machinery banned from residential areas. Given a choice, most people would not like this as an ongoing noise in their homes either, I propose.

I do not know where this sudden army of ‘arborists’ have come from to be here…and from your business it is obvious to me you are not happy people to want to do what you do. May the healing this beautiful region offers do its magic. But alas it is a slow process…too slow for our tree cousins who face the attack from the blades of chainsaws.


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  1. This scourge of men and machinery assaulting the natural environment in the name of tidiness has not confined itself to the burbs. It’s rare to enjoy a quiet day in the manicured madness of rural blocks.


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