Vibrant purple blooms to be admired no more
AS AILSA Cole relaxes on her balcony, her view of the showgrounds may have improved, but no longer will she be able to admire the vibrant purple blooms of an old jacaranda tree that brightened the neighbourhood for decades.
Mrs Cole was enjoying some peace and quiet at home on a windy Sunday afternoon when she heard what she thought was "someone riding a skateboard down the road", which grew louder and was followed by a loud crash.
But there weren't any skateboarders in sight. Instead, the jacaranda tree, believed to be at least 70 years old, and having stood about 15m high, had met its end.
A stump is all that remains of the tree at the showgrounds after it was completely removed by council the following morning.
Mrs Cole predicted that some residents would miss the tree, which she said had been part of the neighbourhood's history and was something of an icon.
"It was a nice shade tree, but they just get to their age, I suppose," Mrs Cole said.
"I'll miss the colour when it comes out in October. I suppose another one can be planted."
Bundaberg Regional Council's health and regulatory services portfolio spokesman Councillor Wayne Honor said council staff assessed the tree and it was decided that, due to its condition, it would need to be removed.
"A portion of the tree which had previously been removed caused it to become unbalanced, and there was a risk that the trunk may split," Cr Honor said.
Cr Honor said council was looking into the options available, which may include replacement of the tree "in a more appropriate location".
Jacaranda ('Jacaranda mimosifolia') bloom in late spring and early summer
Can reach a height of about 10-15m
While the most common flower colour is a purple-blue, there is a white-flowered form called White Christmas
Jacarandas thrive in tropical and warm temperate climates