Golden pen­das

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

THE lat­est info brochure from the BRC de­clares that where the poin­ciana trees were re­moved on Barolin St, the re­place­ment trees will be the golden penda, Bund­aberg's new flo­ral em­blem. Of course it is prefer­able to grow an Aus­tralia na­tive but I won­dered if ei­ther the Cairns or Cas­sowary Coast coun­cils have lodged any ob­jec­tions since the an­nounce­ment ear­lier this year that it was cho­sen for Bund­aberg. It has been their ci­ties’ em­blem for some time. Is there an is­sue with many coun­cils hav­ing the same flo­ral em­blem? In north­ern Aus­tralia where the golden penda is a na­tive rain­for­est tree they can grow from 10–40m tall. So we have to hope the BRC has enough staff to prune the golden penda once they have reached a cer­tain height. I look for­ward to the penda’s beau­ti­ful dis­play as the poin­cianas are sorely missed when the re­main­der look so beau­ti­ful right now. Per­haps the BRC could give away dwarf penda seedlings to ratepay­ers in recog­ni­tion of it be­ing our flo­ral em­blem? Other coun­cils give away two na­tive trees per year. C Baxter, Woodgate

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