THE future of one of the Shoalhaven’s most well-known trees is up in the air.
The tree on Gerroa Road (or the Sand Track as locals refer to it), widely known as ‘The Bum Tree’ could face removal as part of Shoalhaven City Council’s vegetation clearing scheduled in February next year.
The tree is located on the western edge of the road just north of the Beach Road intersection about halfway to Gerroa opposite the Seven Mile Beach State Park.
So named because of a couple of prominent bulges that protrude from the stump at butt height, ‘The Bum Tree’ is widely recognised and known.
The clearing of vegetation will be followed by road works to improve shoulders, as separate works.
The $820,000 project will see the clearing of vegetation within the road reserve, the construction of wider shoulders and reline-marking with raised ‘rumble’ pavement markings.
Shoalhaven City Council director of Assets and Works Ben Stewart said that as part of the works, council would be clearing trees and removing vegetation up to six metres from the edge of the road.
“As part of the process, council is investigating whether the removal of vegetation will include the removal of two large trees at the intersection of Beach Road, including the colloquially known ‘Bum Tree’,” Mr Stewart said.