Gerroa residents fight to save the Bum Tree

RESIDENTS from both inside and outside the Shoalhaven have gathered to urge Shoalhaven City Council to reconsider its proposed clearing of bushland along Gerroa Road, which will include the removal of the popular Bum Tree.

More than 60 people turned up for a protest rally organised by the Gerroa Environmental Protection Society (GEPS) at Berrys Beach on Monday morning.

Shoalhaven City Council received black spot funding to widen the road and remove a number of trees, including the Bum Tree, near the Seven Mile Beach picnic area.

GEPS president Warren Holder urged council to consider other options rather than clearing the vegetation, including lowering the speed limit in the area to 80km/hr.

The crowd was also told of new studies, which Shoalhaven City Council did not have access to when making its decision, that have shown the area to be cleared is home to the  endangered greater gliders that nest in the hollows of the big trees in the area.

Shoalhaven City Council has approved the removal of the vegetation in the area for the proposed roadworks and has called a special meeting at the city administrative building for 5pm Monday to decide what to do with the remnants of the trees, including the Bum Tree, once it is removed.

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