Council uproots dangerous trees at Leslie Park
LESLIE Park has lost three trees after they were identified as hazards by the Southern Downs Regional Council.
One of the trees was located on the Fitzroy St side of the park and another two were near the corner of Guy and Albert Streets.
Due to Leslie Park being listed as a heritage site, the council had to acquire permission from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science to remove the trees.
The removal works were due to be completed today and the replacement trees being selected are to be of a similar species under the guidelines of the Heritage Act.
A council statement said the decay of the trees was blamed on termite activity and old age.
As the trees grow old and wither, their branches are more likely to fall and injure pedestrians, the statement read.
Councillor Yve Stocks said removing the trees was the safest choice.
"While we never like to see trees in our parks and community spaces damaged or removed, unfortunately these trees are dying and have become a risk to public health and safety,” she said.
"After the dangerous trees have been removed council will endeavour to replace them as soon as possible as part of its regular tree planting schedule for Leslie Park.”
Cr Stocks said the council remained committed to maintaining Leslie Park as a piece of Warwick's heritage and the perfect place for family activities.