Fig trees nominated for listing
WHEN Graham Appleton moved to Bundaberg 53 years ago, among the first things he noticed were the magnificent weeping figs in Woongarra Street near the CBD.
Somebody else likes the trees too, because they have now been nominated for state heritage listing.
Mr Appleton, who now lives in Woongarra Street near the figs, said he thought the trees were beautiful.
“You can sit under them after shopping and it’s nice and cool,” he said.
“I like the magpies and everything.”
Mr Appleton said the trees also attracted lorikeets and parrots, which nested in them at night.
Sustainability minister Kate Jones said the group of more than 20 trees were planted between 1888 and the early 1920s.
“A local business identity, Frederic Buss, donated £500 towards the planting of weeping fig trees in Bourbong, Barolin, Maryborough and Woongarra streets in 1888,” she said.
“Additional weeping fig trees were planted in the early 1920s by the Bundaberg City Council as a demonstration of a commitment to civic landscaping.”
Ms Jones said the trees were a reminder of the affluence Bundaberg residents enjoyed in the late 19th century, in the midst of the thriving sugar industry.
“The weeping fig trees now provide significant shelter and offer particular aesthetic value to the Bundaberg community,” she said.
Ms Jones said four mature weeping fig trees on Bourbong Street had previously been accepted on to the Queensland Heritage Register.
“Places and features that are entered in the Heritage Register are considered to be important to Queensland’s history and are protected under heritage legislation,” she said.
Written submissions on the proposed heritage listing of the trees will be accepted until October 8.
Submissions can be sent to The Site Registrar, Cultural Heritage, Department of Environment and Resource Management, GPO Box 2454, Brisbane 4001.