Coconut palm removal a tall order

IT MAY be a tall order, but safety concerns over Nielson Park’s towering coconut palms has compelled Bundaberg Regional Council to remove some of the trees.

A small number of palms, more than 20 metres in height and dangling sizeable nuts over pathways and a children’s playground, were removed yesterday.

“Apart from the obvious danger from falling coconuts, the taller palms also pose a risk to those who are responsible for maintaining them,” councillor Greg Barnes said.

Cr Barnes said as the palms got older their bases started to rot, the tops fell off, and the trunks were more susceptible to breaking in high winds.

Council will replace the trees with fig trees to provide more shade.



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