Dy­ing gum tree har­bours life

Coun­cil re­moves 700 trees, sta­bilises oth­ers

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - NEWS - Re­nee McKe­own

SEV­ERAL trees near Ein­bun­pin La­goon, Sandgate were re­cently re­moved but one big old gum re­mains strong af­ter Bris­bane City Coun­cil ar­borists tended the area.

The gum trees on the cor­ner of Keogh Street and La­goon Road were marked and the smaller gums, on the de­cline, were re­moved while ad­di­tional cuts were made in the large white tree for nest­ing.

Birds flocked to the area with mul­ti­ple lori­keets and corel­las check­ing out the new spa­ces cre­ated in time for spring.

Cr Jared Cas­sidy (Deagon ward) said the lit­tle trees would be re­placed but the big one needed some care.

“The big one has died but they are work­ing on sta­bil­is­ing it,” he said.

“Even though it’s dead, it pro­vides habi­tats.

“They keep a re­ally close eye on it.”

The con­cern for th­ese gums came af­ter about 700 trees were re­moved along Tele­graph Road, Lemke

Road and De­pot Road as part of the Tele­graph Road Cor­ri­dor Up­grade.

A Coun­cil spokesman said the trees re­moved as a re­sult of the up­grade would be re­placed.

“Ap­prox­i­mately 700 trees rang­ing in size and species are re­quired to be re­moved as part of the Stage 2 up­grade of Tele­graph Road,” he said.

“Coun­cil is off­set­ting th­ese re­movals by plant­ing more than 14,500 trees and shrubs and ap­prox­i­mately 68,000 ground­cover plants, along Tele­graph Road, Lemke Road and De­pot Road.

“Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to tak­ing real ac­tion on traf­fic con­ges­tion and in­creas­ing safety across the road net­work, which is why it is un­der­tak­ing a $230-plus mil­lion up­grade to

Tele­graph Road.

“Coun­cil has a pol­icy of re­plac­ing any trees re­moved for road projects, with off­set plant­ing.”

Con­struc­tion of Stage 2 is jointly funded by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and Bris­bane City Coun­cil and ex­pected to be com­pleted in late 2018, weather per­mit­ting.

PHOTO: RE­NEE MCKE­OWN

Taigum ar­borist Graeme Christo­pher helps main­tain the old white tree in Ein­bun­pin La­goon.

PHOTO: RE­NEE MCKE­OWN

Cr Jared Cas­sidy and Taigum ar­borist Graeme Christo­pher dis­cuss the con­di­tion of trees in Ein­bun­pin La­goon, Sandgate.

PHOTO: RENE MCKE­OWN

Trees along Lemke Road were re­moved for Stage 2 of the Tele­graph Road Cor­ri­dor Up­grade in Bracken Ridge.

PHOTO: RE­NEE MCKE­OWN

Trees on the ‘de­cline’ will be re­moved and re­placed.

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