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March 1, 2021

Byron Council seeks to smooth over Bruns footpath woes

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Byron Shire Council says it is working to rectify a trip hazard on a section of pavement on Tweed Street, Brunswick Heads, that pedestrians appear to have fallen victim to.

Local resident Tony Fallon told Echonetdaily he broke his toe when he tripped on the concrete pavement last week.

‘I had the Council here the following day after I rang and they put a yellow strip on the side of the path,’ he said.

‘It’s lifting up from the roots of a tree that the council put in about 15 years ago.

‘You can see the root progressing under the slab of concrete. I’ve measured it: it’s about 70-80mm high.’

He added that he’s not the only person to be bowled over by it.

‘There are two elderly gentlemen with walkers that they have to lift up every time to go up over the hump.

‘One did a nose dive once,’ he said.

Earmarked for repair

A spokesperson told Echonetdaily that Council had received a complaint from a Brunswick Heads resident who reported he had hurt his toe after tripping on a footpath on Tweed Street’.

She added ‘the section of footpath has now been earmarked for repair’.

‘Council staff met with the complainant on January 4, who expressed concerns about nearby tree roots causing the cement to lift,’ the spokesperson said.

Mr Fallon says Council’s reaction isn’t getting to the root of the problem. He believes the tree needs to be removed.

But Council’s spokesperson said there are ‘no plans to remove the tree, which anecdotally is said to be around 15 years old and is not thought to have been planted by Council’.

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