Fig trees being removed from Short Street in August 2018 Photo: TWH
The battle to save Bourke’s fig trees appears to be lost, with council voting in favour of maintaining the policy to remove all fig trees from Bourke’s streets.
The policy will mean the destruction and removal of fig trees at the Wharf Precinct, alongside the cenotaph in Central Park and including Mertin, Hope, Wilson, Anson and Tarcoon streets.
A number of fig trees in Short Street were chopped down on Tuesday, August 21. A last minute appeal to stay the chainsaws saw the trees near the Bourke Christian Church in Anson Street remain, temporarily. Read more in the printed edition of the Western Herald.