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Update on major tree failure at Moore Park

A large Hills fig (Ficus microcarpa), located on the corner of Davey Avenue and Anzac Parade in Moore Park, suffered a major structural failure on Friday 9 March, with a large branch breaking away from the trunk and falling onto Dacey Avenue around 4.00 am.

Fortunately, no one was injured and no cars were hit on this busy road.

Emergency services were called to the site in the early hours of the morning to cut and remove the large branches and to clear the road for traffic flow.

The Centennial Parklands' Arborist conducted a detailed structural inspection of the remaining tree. The branch failure was caused by an inclusion split at the trunk. The branch that broke away from the trunk revealed a large amount of internal decay, further contributing to the weakness.

We endeavour to retain trees where possible but unfortunately in this case due to the internal decay and damage to the trunk our Arborists deemed this tree too unsafe to retain, and an emergency removal was undertaken later on Friday.

Images of tree failure below.

Further information

We work to keep our 15,000 trees healthy and beautiful by maintaining our trees, planting new trees and only removing trees when required or necessary.

We receive many questions about trees that are felled or removed despite ‘appearing healthy’ on the outside. But what many people do not know is that trees, like humans, are susceptible to a large and diverse range of health issues and structural defects. Eventually a tree may need to be removed once other tree management strategies become insufficient for public safety or sustaining the health of a tree.

To find out more about how we manage our trees please read our Tree Master Plan here and read our blog on the life cyle of a tree here.