Coodanup family plead with council to remove large tree from driveway

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A large tree in the middle of a Coodanup driveway is causing a massive headache for the family that live at the home.

Natalie Quadrio thought the tree was on her property when she purchased the house two years ago, but it actually belongs to the City of Mandurah, who are refusing to remove it.

"People are saying you shouldn't have bought the house if you didn't like the tree out the front but we honestly did think it was in our boundary," she told Today Tonight.

Ms Quadrio said the tree makes it extremely hard to back out of her garage and she is forced to manoeuvre around it.

"You can put two (cars) in there, but you have to pull one out first and then you have to do a 20-point turn to get it in and out." she said.

 "I would like to see it removed, it is impractical it blocks off our left hand side of our garage so we can't actually use that."

Ms Quadrio has contacted the council and asked if they can remove or prune the tree, but they said verge trees can only be removed if they are dead or diseased.

She said the tree not only blocks the driveway but it also drops sap and debris onto the solar hot water system.

City of Mandurah CEO Mark Newman said residents should consider existing infrastructure, including trees, when buying and building homes.

"Residents are advised to contact the City to request an inspection or maintenance should they have concerns regarding the health, location or safety of a tree," Mr Newman said.

The previous owners of the property told Today Tonight they built they driveway the way it is because the council also refused them permission to remove the tree.

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