The central area of Anzac Park, including the cenotaph is closed for public access because of safety concerns about a large tree.
Council staff have inspected the trunk of a large American Elm tree which has split in two from ground level up to about three metres.
The damaged tree has sparked concerns that the it could fall at any time and the decision was made to close public access to the affected part of the park.
Contractors are on site to strap the tree and make it as safe as possible. Following advice by arborists, a decision has been made to remove the tree as soon as specialised equipment is available.
Members of the public are asked to observe the closure signage for their own safety.
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