13.2 C
Byron Shire
July 15, 2024

Tree removal at Wollumbin High being reconsidered by DoE

Latest News

Ballina mayor vies for second term ‘leading the rebuild’

Ballina Shire’s mayoral race this September looks to be a competition between two women, one progressive, the other conservative, after both candidates announced campaigns last week.

Other News

Wollongbar pod residents to be out by November

The residents of the Wollongbar Pod site have received notices, via text and letter, that they must find alternative accommodation by November leaving many residents distressed and struggling to find a place to live in the area. 

Bruns Marine Rescue welcomes new vessel

Rescue response and capability has been improved in Brunswick Heads, with Marine Rescue Brunswick receiving a new 10-metre, state-of-the-art vessel.

Lavertys Gap history

The Lavertys Gap hydro power station was installed in 1919. In 1939, during the Great Depression, people had no...

Lismore: 85-house land release announced; ROR say bought-back houses should provide accommodation

Meeting the immediate, mid-term and long-term needs of residents of Lismore following the 2022 floods has proven a challenge for the NSW government. Reclaiming our Recovery have welcomed news that houses bought back by the NSW Reconstruction Authority may now be used for housing.

Byron Bay scoops golf croquet pennant

Byron Bay has won the Northern Rivers Croquet Association's (NRCA) golf croquet pennant series.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Choke

In the 1960s the Boston Strangler murdered 13 women. He was a serial killer. These stories of bad men lurking in the shadows, just waiting to get their hands on women’s necks have always haunted me. What kind of deranged sexual predator does that?

The trees that will be removed include trees protected under State legislation such as Owenia cepiodora, Lepiderema pulchella and Syzgium moorei. Photo Taddy Ridge

The removal of 49 native and endangered trees planted by renowned environmentalist Bruce Chick and students at Wollumbin High School for a temporary car park are being reconsidered by the Department of Education (DoE) following strong community backlash. 

The DoE are still making it clear that they are within their rights to remove the trees and will be removing one tree from another area of the site this week so a learning space for students with additional learning or support needs can be installed. The tree to be removed is a single, non-threatened tree that has been assessed by an independent ecologist as being of negligible ecological value. A replacement tree will be planted at the site to compensate for this tree’s removal.

The NSW Department of Education are planning to remove 48 rainforest and native trees to put up a parking lot. Photo Taddy Ridge

Reconsidering removal

The DoE had stated earlier in the week that the tree removal would be going ahead despite community concerns. However, they are no reconsidering that position.

‘The NSW Department of Education is reconsidering the original car park plans at Wollumbin High School which would include the removal of 49 trees,’ a NSW Department of Education spokesperson told The Echo

‘Our due diligence, which included arborist and ecological assessments, planning advice and consultation with the school, was robust and confirmed that the carpark works are permissible under the relevant statutory planning legislation.

‘However, as new information has come to light, we are taking the time to consider the implication for the planned works.’

The NSW Department of Education are planning to remove 48 rainforest and native trees to put up a parking lot. Photo Taddy Ridge


A protest has been called for this Friday, 2 September at 10am at Wollumbin High School to highlight the communities frustration at the proposed removal of the 48 trees planted by Bruce Chick and Wollumbin High Students.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. “Pave paradise and put up a parking lot”…truly, have governments learnt nothing? Especially the DoE! Go sit in the dunce corner!

  2. “However, as new information has come to light, we are taking the time to consider the implication for the planned work”

    That “new information” = the public outrage at this wanton vandalism of nature.
    As the Patti sings it, “People Have The Power”.

    • People Have The Power….to move trees….with cranes. You can replant trees of any size. Just a matter of how much digging you are willing to do.
      I usually oil my chainsaw when it comes to tree cutting, but if this is destroying a monument, that’s different. Just move them, they should survive.

  3. OH THATS RIGHT, there’s an election in March, better save our phoney baloney jobs! The LNP will have to pretend to care about regional NSW for the next 6 months? Then as usual after the election let it rip, stuff the community, unleash the LNP Termite party and eat it all up! This is what you get when religious fundamentalist take total control of political parties. There are no moderates left in the party to hold back the crazies. Look at Morrison and now Perrottet, actions, not what they announce! These fundamentalists just don’t give a damned about the other secular community outside their cults, they hate us! There’s a reason the LNP have only one very temporary state left in mainland Australia, you cannot trust them as far as you can kick them? They’ve proved that everywhere!

    • Oddly enough, in the other place, I have to listen to people complain the LNP has no right-wingers in it. Why are you blaming Christians when you just admitted the cuck-servitives pretend to be what they are not. Morison is not Pentecostal, that’s pretty obvious.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Tweed boating trip turns fatal

A boating venture on the Tweed River ended in tragedy on Saturday when the vessel capsized and a passenger died.

Two in hospital, including officer, after perilous arrest

A Northern Rivers man wanted for arrest and an officer trying to arrest him are both in hospital after a disastrous encounter in the early hours of the morning.

Federal Labor funds Mullum hospital site masterplan  

A $263,000 federal grant has been awarded to Byron Shire Council for a masterplan and development strategy for the former Mullumbimby Hospital site.

Paddle-out for innovative shaper, Geoff McCoy

There are shapers and there are shapers.  Geoff McCoy was our local eminent, and world-recognised, master surfboard shaper. I call this gaggle of exclusive surfboard...