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 trees still safe as footpath work begins

TWENTY melaleuca trees on Pacific Avenue, Tannum Sands that were set for the chop will remain in place as footpath work starts next week.

The trees were set to be cut down to make way for the footpath, but residents protested in November, saying there was never a good reason to destroy nature.

Gladstone Regional Council then announced it had put the removal plans on hold.

Engineering services portfolio spokesman Rick Hansen said council was yet to make a final decision on the future of the trees.

Work along a clear area of Pacific Avenue, between Tannum Sands Hotel Motel and Beach Avenue, will begin on Monday and is expected to take about two weeks.

The area earmarked for works extends an existing path near the Tannum Sands Hotel Motel to Beach Avenue.

"These upcoming works will not include the section which contains the melaleuca trees, which are along Pacific Avenue between Beach Avenue and Coral Street," Cr Hansen said.

"Barriers will be in place with no pedestrian access permitted in the work area."

Council is in the process of finalising an internal review of all the possible options for the specific section containing the melaleuca trees.

The outcome of this review will be communicated in a letter to affected residents.

The council said it needed to consider the existing land slope and current driveways, while ensuring underground and overhead services remained protected and accessible.



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