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Fatal Tree Accidents Prompt Urgent LGA Meeting


An emergency meeting of councils will be called in January following the recent death of two people to falling trees.

With pressure on SA councils to do more to prevent future tragedies, the Local Government Association (LGA) will invite legal and environmental experts to a meeting to discuss tree management.

Crafers woman Judy Ditter, 59, died on November 11 after her car was struck by a falling tree limb from a private property on Mount Barker Rd in Stirling.

On Saturday 12 December, Wayne Couch, 57, was killed after a tree branch fell and trapped him under a pergola at his  Surrey Downs home. 

On Tuesday morning, a woman sustained minor injuries in Adelaide, after a large gum tree dropped a limb on a parked car on South Tce.

LGA president Angela Evans has told Adelaide Now that the peak body would bring together councils and invite legal and environmental experts to a meeting next month to discuss the matter of growing concern.

“The roundtable will be an opportunity to share information about these programs, hear from the experts in tree management, and explore the relationship between the management of trees and the State Government’s target to increase metropolitan tree cover by 20 per cent by 2045," Angela Evans said.

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