‘Were you aware or not?’ Ben Fordham’s call with Parramatta Mayor explodes
A fallen tree has led to an explosive exchange between Ben Fordham and the Parramatta Mayor.
Yesterday, the Ben Fordham Show contacted Parramatta Council after a listener reported they weren’t taking responsibility after a tree fell on his car.
Listener Brad says the council cleared the branches off his car and removed the tree, but won’t be doing anything further despite the damage (see images below).
Ben invited Parramatta Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson on the program, to no avail.
But after Brad’s interview went to air, Mayor Wilson rang in.
That’s when the call exploded.
Click PLAY below to hear the fiery exchange
The conversation was all sparked when a man narrowly escaped death yesterday after his car was crushed by a tree on the Pacific Highway at Killara (see images below)
Speaking with Ben Fordham, driver Perry expressed his anger with council – saying trees of that size don’t belong on the sides of major roads.
“A kid could have been crossing the road, a mother could have been in a car with her children,” he said on Thursday.
Perry’s been in touch with Ku-ring-gai Council and tells Ben today he was “horrified” by their response.
“The mayor’s in hiding, mate,” Perry says.
“I know you can’t cut every tree down I get that but we need to do something about this because people will die.”
Ku-ring-gai Council has been in touch with the Ben Fordham Show and provided a statement saying it “would be inappropriate for the Mayor to comment publically on the issue” (see the full statement below).
Click PLAY below to hear the full story
Full statement from Ku-ring-gai Council:
“As you would be aware, Sydney was affected by winds in excess of 60kms an hour yesterday and that weather pattern is continuing today, with reports of trees down elsewhere in the city.
In these weather conditions any tree can be prone to falling, regardless of condition.
In the case of the incident yesterday at Killara, the tree that fell was inspected twice and pruned at the request of property-owners living nearby, in 2004 and again in 2012. Councils generally undertaken tree inspections when requested to do so.
During both inspections the tree was assessed as being healthy.
We appreciate that the gentleman whose vehicle was hit by the tree is understandably distressed and we are in contact with him. However, since this matter is likely to become an insurance claim it would be inappropriate for the Mayor to comment publicly on this issue.”