The trees at Tannum Sands that were set to get the chop.
The trees at Tannum Sands that were set to get the chop. Ebony Battersby

Tannum trees get a reprieve from council

PLANS to remove 20 Melaleuca trees from Pacific Avenue, Tannum Sands have been put on hold by Gladstone Regional Council.

Residents have been angered by the plan to remove the trees to make way for a footpath.

Homeowner Graeme Knox told The Observer last week there was never a good reason to destroy nature.

"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.

Work on removing the trees was due to start next week.

Engineering Services portfolio spokesman Rick Hansen said the council had decided to conduct an internal review of all the options for the site, following community concerns regarding the removal of the trees.

"Council had investigated a number of options prior to deciding to remove the trees, and will now review these options following representations from some members of the community," he said.

  • Cr Hansen said some of the key considerations of the project included:
  • The fact the footpath area was on a slope and would require retaining walls
  • Existing driveways would need to be modified if the footpath design was changed
  • Underground and overhead services must also be protected and accessible

Read more in Saturday's Observer print edition.



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