Tragedy prompts check of all school trees

THE condition of trees on school grounds across all public schools on the Monaro will be reviewed, following the death of a schoolgirl in Sydney last week when a large branch fell from a gum tree.

All NSW public schools have been directed by the Department of Education and Communities to engage an arborist to review the safety condition of trees.

Monaro High School principal Adrian Bell said the condition and safety of trees was already a high priority at the school.

"We had an arborist come into the school two years ago and survey all the trees. They identified some that were dangerous and were removed," he said.

"There were a couple of big ones, gum trees, at the front of the school that we got rid of mainly because that's where students congregate."

Mr Bell said the school was currently in the process of undertaking the review of the trees again following the directive from the Department.

"This will happen at a district level," he said.

"It will be in addition to what we already do.

"We will have a qualified arborist come in and make sure we haven't missed anything."

Mr Bell said further to that, property and risk assessments were carried out regularly at the school to ensure the safety of students and staff.

Based on the arborist reports, the Department will work with local councils so that necessary work required for safety reasons may be undertaken.

It is anticipated the reviews will be completed by the end of the second term of school.

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