Camphor Laurel trees are a pest weed species in Northern NSW. The Evans Head-Broadwater area, including Broadwater National Park, has been relatively free of this invasive weed until just recently.
The sudden appearance of young trees followed the digging of a trench along the western side of the Evans Head-Broadwater Road. The trench carries the sewerage line from Broadwater to the Evans Head Sewerage Treatment Plant. It is well-known that Camphor Laurels like disturbed soil
Some trees on the eastern side are also becoming established. It is not clear why the eastern side also has Camphor Laurels but there are only a few of them compared with the western side of the road.
No doubt there will be some dispute about whose responsibility it is to deal with the problem but given the fact that the vast majority of the trees are on the road verge and the road allowance is the responsibility of Richmond Valley Council, council needs to step up urgently to deal with the infestation before the trees start to produce seed. Camphor Laurels produce seed after seven years.
The work needs to be done with the advice of National Parks so that damage to other plant and animal species is minimised or avoided.