Dying gum tree harbours life
Council removes 700 trees, stabilises others
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
“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.
Taigum arborist Graeme Christopher helps maintain the old white tree in Einbunpin Lagoon.
Cr Jared Cassidy and Taigum arborist Graeme Christopher discuss the condition of trees in Einbunpin Lagoon, Sandgate.
Trees along Lemke Road were removed for Stage 2 of the Telegraph Road Corridor Upgrade in Bracken Ridge.
Trees on the ‘decline’ will be removed and replaced.