Trees given chop

Three down, one to go at fore­shore area

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ge­or­gia Simp­son ge­or­gia.simp­son@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

THREE his­toric pa­per­bark trees at Air­lie Beach Fore­shore were re­moved by Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil last week.

A fourth tree classed by an ar­borist as too sick to save will be re­moved at a later date, once its res­i­dent nest­ing bird moved on, ex­pected in the next few weeks.

Joy Saraswati, a res­i­dent of 40 years, lob­bied hard for the trees to be saved and said she wasn’t aware the trees were go­ing to be re­moved un­til she was alerted by a friend.

By the time, Ms Saraswati ar­rived at the site, the trees had al­ready been cut down.

“It’s a heavy loss. I know they’re (coun­cil) are promis­ing to plant more, but that is go­ing to take an­other 20-30 years for us to reap the ben­e­fits of their shade that we had with those ma­ture trees,” she said.

Mayor An­drew Will­cox said ev­ery ef­fort had been made to only re­move the fewest trees to max­imise spa­ces in the new carpark area near Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

“Work on the Air­lie Beach Fore­shore started in Septem­ber and the con­trac­tor ac­cu­rately marked trees for pos­si­ble re­moval af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with coun­cil,” Cr Will­cox said.

He said 13 trees were orig­i­nally iden­ti­fied for re­moval.

“The pro­posal orig­i­nally iden­ti­fied five pa­per­bark trees be re­moved to com­plete a 65 sealed car parks area; two pa­per­bark trees be re­moved to con­struct foot­paths; and four gum trees be re­moved within the sound shell and seat­ing area,” he said.

“Fol­low­ing a re­view of all ma­ture trees by an ar­borist and ad­vice from engi­neers, coun­cil re­solved that only three ma­ture trees and one sick tree needed to be re­moved as a pri­or­ity. ■

Known as tuckeroo, car­rot­wood and beach tamarind. It’s na­tive to east­ern and north­ern Aus­tralia and 31 of th­ese flow­er­ing trees will be planted.

Known as the weep­ing lilli pilli. Forty-nine of th­ese rain­for­est trees, found in east­ern Aus­tralia, will be planted along the fore­shore.

Known as the weep­ing fig. Forty-nine of th­ese flow­er­ing trees, na­tive to Asia and Aus­tralia, will be planted.

Know as the Frangi­pani. Our fore­shore will be gain­ing 14 of th­ese fra­grant, flow­er­ing trees, na­tive to Aus­tralia.

The Air­lie Beach Fore­shore will gain 143 trees.

CON­SID­ERED MOVE: Three ma­ture pa­per­barks have been re­moved by the coun­cil for the Air­lie Beach Fore­shore project. The fore­shore will gain 143 new trees.

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