Nhill tree lopping upsets resident

A NHILL resident is outraged at the extent of tree lopping in the town.

Helen Woodhouse-Herrick wrote to the Mail-Times to express her disappointment at the 'devastation' in some streets with trees lopped under power lines.

It comes after Horsham resident Neville Strachan wrote to the Mail-Times about a similar issue in his street in September.

Mrs Woodhouse-Herrick said she agreed with Mr Strachan's comments and that the extent of the lopping was overkill.

"I was born in Nhill then moved away and have been back for a couple of years now I am horrified at the way the town is and how the trees have been chopped down," she said.

"The trees up here, they all need trimming underneath now they are like bushes, not trees.

"It is very sad to see."

Mrs Woodhouse-Herrick said she used to live in North Balwyn where trees were lopped so that they could grow around power lines.

She said she could not remember a fire starting in Nhill because of trees near power lines.

"The power lines are up so high how are the trees going to get up there?" she said. "Fair enough do a little lopping, but just going at them with a chainsaw is wrong.

"Something has to be done the power companies should be answerable to this."

Hindmarsh Shire Council chief executive Dean Miller said council had an annual maintenance program for tree lopping but trees under power lines were handled by Powercor or its agents.

He said there was an issue in Nhill last year where trees were pruned too heavily and council worked with Powercor to ensure better communication between the two bodies.

Mrs Woodhouse-Herrick's letter to the editor appears on page 20.

Carly Werner

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