Gin Gin trees not to be impacted

MORE than 800 people have signed a petition to stop trees being removed from Gin Gin’s main street, but the Bundaberg Regional Council claims the fears are unjustified.

Gin Gin Conservation Group spokesman Michael Browning claims more than two dozen trees, including 18 melaleucas and three poincianas, would be removed under the council’s current plans to revitalise the town’s streetscape and improve parking.

He joined a focus group set up by the council to gauge the wishes of the community, but said the group did not address the real problem.

“They are not looking at whether (the trees) should be removed in the first place — they are just looking at ways of replacing them,” he said.

He said his concerns were not adequately addressed, despite conversations with Bundaberg regional councillor Wayne Honor and mayor Lorraine Pyefinch.

“Gin Gin Conservation Group knows of at least four different parking plan options, most of which involve no asphalt encroachment onto the town gardens. We publicly request a meeting with Cr Honor to examine these different parking options,” he said.

But, according to Bundaberg Regional Council’s plans, Mr Browning’s petition was based on false information because the new streetscape would have more trees than previously — and most of the existing trees would be left standing.

“The vast majority of the existing sizeable trees that run along the centre of the grassed median that provide significant shade will not be impacted by the proposed work,” a council spokeswoman said.

“An option being considered for the grassed centre median are ‘ex ground’ nursery trees which can be well above two metres tall — more than four metres in some cases— and well established when first planted into the streetscape.”

Cr Pyefinch said she had had several discussions with Mr Browning and had never been presented with a petition.

“In his last contact with us, he had formally withdrawn his objection,” she said.

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