An aerial view of Gin Gin’s Mulgrave Street.
An aerial view of Gin Gin’s Mulgrave Street. DUNCAN YULE/THE SCOTCHMAN

Gin Gin trees may be removed

GIN GIN Newsagency owner Meg Wills is adamant the trees adorning her town’s main street should not be touched.

But a plan to revitalise the Gin Gin streetscape could see the 27-year-old melaleuca trees removed to make way for extra parking and a wider highway.

“I’ve travelled a lot throughout Australia, and people always tell me how lovely Gin Gin is because of the trees — it’s famous for them,” Mrs Wills said.

“If they are going to take all the trees down, it will impact on tourism and business because people won’t stop here.”

The improvements to roads, power and street lighting are already complete, and Bundaberg Regional Council plans to start the $3.3 million second stage of the project next financial year to create angled parking and spaces for trucks and caravans.

Bundaberg Regional Councillor Wayne Honor said it was evident parking in Gin Gin was a problem, and the trees’ removal was necessary to create more spaces.

“I’ve seen people parked three abreast in the main street, ”Cr Honor said.

The former Kolan Shire Council signed off on the plans in 2005 after extensive public consultation, and received a government contribution for $750,000 which can only be used with the approved infrastructure plan.

Cr Honor said a committee had been formed to get public input on the plan.

“The committee can look at options such as sacrificing a few car parking spaces to create jut-outs around the trees,” Cr Honor said.

“We want to make Gin Gin’s streetscape bigger and better, and make it a real gateway to the Bundaberg region.”

For more information on the committee, telephone Matt Dagan on 1300 883 699.

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