Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Council Says Trees Don't Need the Axe

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Council Says Trees Don't Need the Axe

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Jim Alouat

jim.alouat@news-mail.com.au

A QUNABA man has called on Bundaberg Regional Council to urgently tend to the pandanus palm trees that line the Bargara foreshore because he says they are in "poor condition".

David Paterson said the trees were overgrown and in some cases dead or dying.

"I walk with the Heart Foundation four times a week in the area," he said.

"There are many of them (pandanus palm trees) that are dying if not dead.

"The trees are ill. So it's not that I don't like pandanus trees. I'm suggesting that if the council has to replace them maybe they should do it now."

Council's health and regulatory services portfolio spokesman Cr Wayne Honor said council had received some comments on the trees' condition.

"Some pandanus palms have been affected as a result of pest attack," he said.

"However, council has instigated a management strategy which can include systemically treating the pandanus on public land with an insecticide and the introduction of a biological control. …

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