Historic trees to be chopped down
TABLELANDS Regional Council has made the controversial decision to remove more than 10 “historic trees” from Malanda’s town centre.
The decision has been made to remove and replace the existing trees along Mary Street in Malanda following a recent onsite visit and full risk assessment from arborist Chris Keatley.
Mr Keatley presented his arboricultural assessment report to about 70 members of the community, providing an explanation of the physical condition of each tree and recommended actions.
The trees first came into question late last year when council revealed their Malanda Town Centre Master Plan to support the town’s growth.
“This decision has not been made lightly and follows a thorough review of all considerations, including strong feedback from some community members seeking to retain the existing trees,” a council statement said.
“Since September we have been very open, transparent and responsible in relation to this project.
“While this decision is not the outcome that some residents have been seeking, this is a balanced and responsible decision that considers all the relevant factors.”
The trees along Mary Street are scheduled to be lopped this week, weather permitting, and the stumps removed when roadworks commence about April.
“We will retain and preserve parts of the existing trees for repurposing based on community feedback,” the statement said.
Not happy with council’s decision to remove the Camphor Laurel trees along Mary Street, Cheryl Kemp launched an online petition, which has more than 400 signatures.
“Many of these 94-year-old historic trees are able to be retained with the right maintenance and care,” she said.
The survey forms are available at the Malanda Library and online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/marystreet
DANGEROUS: Arborist Chris Keatley pointed out that the bowls of each camphor laurel tree in Mary Street were showing signs of decay and that several limbs were hollow, making them a safety risk.