Fig tree to undergo a trim

THE historic Miriam Vale fig tree is bound for some root barrier treatment to prevent its encroachment into a neighbouring property and future damage to road infrastructure.

Gladstone Regional Council has sought arborist advice and gained relevant state approvals to ensure the work does not affect the future health of the heritage-listed tree.

Gladstone Regional Council's Parks and Recreation portfolio spokesperson Councillor Graham McDonald said as an icon of Miriam Vale, the famous tree needed special attention.

"This tree is a significant one and is the centre-piece of the main street, so we will conduct the works in a way that is considerate of the tree's future but will alleviate issues brought about by its extensive root growth."

Cr McDonald said the works involved trimming back the offending roots and placing a barrier between them and the trouble spots.

"We are very concerned that there's already been damage to a neighbouring property and we have ascertained there is likely to be damage to Council road infrastructure in the future if we do not conduct these works now."

The works are schedule to take place on January 28 if weather is favourable.

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