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School trees removed for safety
Picture: Laurie Benson School trees removed for safety

Safety issues have forced the removal of Mt Lockyer Primary School’s long-standing gum trees at the front of the school.

The trees, which were planted close to when the school was formed in 1954, were removed this week by contractors after succumbing to a fungal disease.

Having been advised by Main Roads Great Southern that the trees needed pruning, two consulting arborists had recommended the best possible course of action would be to remove the trees.

School principal Maxine Augustson said the safety of students was a high priority in the decision.

“These trees do pose a significant risk from the branches and debris that fall onto the highway, guarded-crossing, footpaths and school grounds,” she said.

“(They) are approaching the end of their lifespan and would not survive the level of pruning required to address the safety issues.

“Everyone is saddened by the loss of these trees but we acknowledge and accept that the community and our children’s safety must take priority.”

The trees are to will be replaced with by more suitable vegetation to complement the school surrounds