Group comes out to bat for historic fig trees

One of the fig trees to be removed.
One of the fig trees to be removed.

BUNDABERG Landcare has lashed out against the regional council after plans were put in the pipeline to remove some fig trees from a median strip on Bourbong St. 

The group put out a press release in response to another release from Bundaberg Regional Council on the issue.

"In response to the Bundaberg Regional Council's media release regarding the removal of old fig trees from the Bourbong St median strip at the Burrum St intersection, Bundaberg Landcare wishes to state it wholly disagrees with council's decision to remove these beautiful old trees estimated to be approximately 100 years old," the Landcare release said. 

"Bundaberg Landcare also disagrees with assessment of the trees health and spurious reasons for their removal," it went on to say.

Bundaberg Landcare says the council has been wrongly informed on the health of the trees and subsequent liability issues and the group is consulting with the Queensland Aborists Association senior level 5 aborist.

"In contrast to the views expressed by a councillor in the NewsMail on March 8, the arborists have also stated that with a proper annual pruning schedule they should 'live to a right old age'," the Landcare release said.

Do you think the fig trees should be removed?

This poll ended on 15 March 2014.

Yes, they are old and have had their time - 31%

No, they should and can be saved - 68%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  bundaberg regional council

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