Timeline for paperbark removal surprises residents

This vista of paperbark gum trees on Pacific Avenue in Tannum Sands will soon be erased to make way for a concrete footpath.
This vista of paperbark gum trees on Pacific Avenue in Tannum Sands will soon be erased to make way for a concrete footpath. Ebony Battersby

TANNUM Sands residents thinking they had until next year to object to the decision to remove 20 native paperbark trees from Pacific Ave will be disappointed to learn that date is now November 24.

Gladstone Regional Council is making way for a footpath to connect the retail precinct to the beach foreshore.

But local residents are stirring fierce opposition to the plan, saying no formal notice has been given.

>> Residents irate as majestic trees face the chop

Dianne Freedman, a resident of Pacific Ave, said she, or any other landholder, had not been consulted about the removal of the iconic trees that have stood tall on her street for more than 23 years.

"I think there is a complete lack of transparency on behalf of council," she said.

"I only learned of the plans on Saturday (in an article in The Observer), just over a week before they are going to be cut down.

"It's not good enough. I think they were hoping to chop them all down before anyone could object."

Gladstone Regional Council were yesterday unable to provide further comment.

In the October Council Connect e-newsletter, it states contractors and machinery will begin works at 8am on November 24.

Tree removal is set to continue for the duration of next week but construction of the footpath will not occur until early 2015.

Topics:  footpath, gladstone regional council, tannum sands, trees

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