A teddy bear picnic was stages last year in protest of the removal of the camphor laurel trees at McLachlan Park, Maclean.
A teddy bear picnic was stages last year in protest of the removal of the camphor laurel trees at McLachlan Park, Maclean. Debrah Novak

900 signatures to try save Maclean's camphor laurels

COMMUNITY support has grown for McLachlan Park's camphor laurel trees that were sentenced to death by council in November last year.

The Greater Maclean Community Action Group has collected signatures on a petition to save the trees from getting the chop later this year, with the current tally 900.

Greater Maclean Community Action Group president Ian McLennan said he was happy with the response and hoped the community reaction would sway current councillors.

"There is overwhelming public opinion about this issue," Mr McLennan said.

  • Decision made to get rid of the trees in November 2014: Story here. 
  • Teddy Bear picnic staged to protest against removal, October 2014: Story here. 

"Apart from signatures on the petition I have been asking for people's opinion down on the streets. I would expect that 80% say retain the trees and only 10% are saying to take them away.

The community group is looking to get at least one councillor to change their mind and submit a rescission vote on the matter.

"By doing a survey it is a way to gauge public opinion which was never sought in the first place," Mr McLennan said.

"The question has to be asked what about the other thousands of camphor laurel trees in the Clarence Valley so why pick on those four?

"It is not a green issue, it is an issue of fairness."