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Council to remove Camphor Laurel trees in Cedar Street
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 17 November 2005
Council will remove at least one and perhaps two very large Camphor Laurel trees in Cedar Street, Maleny.

Cedar Street has a number of mature Camphor Laurels, which certainly are visually impressive.    The trees have caused problems for council over the years by invading water pipes.   In the past, it has been trees on private land that have caused the problems and council have trimmed the root system.    The current offender is on council?s road reserve, causing a substantial problem and will therefore be removed.

Unfortunately, for these trees, they are considered to be a pest in Australia and all levels of governments are keen to remove them.    Division One Councillor Dick Newman said that while the tree removals would leave a visual gap in Cedar Street, there were some benefits to be gained.

"Residents have been lobbying hard for a footpath on that side of Cedar Street, which would require the removal of the trees," Cr Newman said.    "I have no funds to do this, so if CalAqua can remove them, it will be far easier to deliver the footpath, and some appropriate street trees."

Cr Newman advised that one tree will definitely go, while council are undecided on the second tree.  "I have advised staff that if it is a marginal call, then I would prefer that they remove the tree rather than retain it.    If it gets removed, council can look to give residents a good result with a well made footpath and some nice appropriate street tree plantings."

Ten years ago some residents were upset when Barung Landcare removed Camphor Laurels along the boardwalk.    Ten years on, the benefits of doing that work are apparent to anyone who visits the area.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 September 2006 )
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