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

Residents irate as majestic trees face chop

TWENTY native paperbark trees lining Pacific Ave in Tannum Sands will be cut down in early 2015 to make way for a pedestrian footpath.

Graeme Knox, a homeowner whose view is decorated with the mature paperbark trees, is furious.

"Even if they plant new trees, it's going to take a good 30 years to get them looking anywhere near as beautiful as these ones," he said.

"The sun is going to beat down straight through the main hallway in my house now.

"There is never a good reason to destroy nature like that. It's despicable of the council."

Councillor Col Chapman said safety and future planning were the reasons behind the decision.

"The proposed footpath is seen as an important strategic link and provides a safe pedestrian path from the Tannum Sands commercial precinct to both recreational facilities and residential areas," he said.

"Existing trees are currently located just behind the kerb line and are displacing the kerb and channel with an invasive root structure."

He said the council would be replanting "suitable tree species" after construction of the footpath.

"The new trees will be located between the new footpath and property boundaries."

Mr Knox said he thought there was ample room to establish a footpath behind the current line of trees, and wanted the council to look at alternatives.



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