Foreshore trees killed
By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
TREES are dying around the Port Curtis Foreshore Trail at Barney Point and Gladstone City Council's Ron Doherty wants to know why.
"This looks to be quite a suspicious circumstance,'' Mr Doherty said.
About 40 trees have died in what looks like a mass poisoning. "There are pellets one can buy which, if thrown around the base of trees, will kill them,'' Mr Doherty said.
"And it looks as if this is what has happened here.''
The trees were planted around 2001 when the Port Curtis Foreshore Trail was officially opened.
At the end of Palmer Street in Barney Point the trees stand majestically and act as a buffer against the southerlies. "It appears as if these trees are blocking someone's view,'' Mr Doherty said.
"Some of the trees have axe marks in them so it is obvious someone in the area doesn't want these trees here.''
Mr Doherty said soil samples would be taken in a bid to find out the exact cause of the deaths.
"We will replant this entire section,'' Mr Doherty said, "and we will keep a close watch on it to ensure this doesn't happen again.
"Unfortunately it is quite a common occurrence in residential areas and it is sad to see it happening here.''
This incident follows closely on a similar situation reported earlier this month.
Merle Larsen reported a suspicious thinning out of trees near the foreshore on Curtis Island.
Mrs Larsen said it looked as if the trees had been poisoned and chopped down.
Ron Doherty said there had been some discussions with the people supposedly involved with the tree lopping.
"They assured us it wasn't to increase the view.
"It appears as if there has been a communication breakdown between our people on the island and my department.
Mr Doherty said it was time for council to implement a management plan for Curtis Island.
"We need to get this plan in place so the management of open spaces on the island is clearly defined.