Flame trees on Wilson Street caused quite a debate at Monday night’s ordinary meeting of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder council.
The request before members was to remove the six flame trees adjacent to the Kalgoorlie Town Hall as well as two eucalyptus trees on Maritana Street and replace them with advance nursery stock.
The eucalyptus request went through without discussion, but the issue of the flame trees led to a passionate discussion.
Councillor Mick McKay brought to the council an amendment to the request, saying the trees should be given six months to repair themselves before any action is taken.
Cr Mandy Reidy seconded this motion, saying there was no point removing something that did not need to be moved and Cr Deborah Botica agreed the trees around Kalgoorlie-Boulder helped make the city what it was.
The majority of the councillors who spoke during the discussion were supportive of leaving the trees on Wilson Street, but deputy mayor Allan Pendal proposed a change, noting only two of the six trees requested to be removed actually posed any public risk due to decay.