Removal of trees in Warwick CBD leaves residents stumped
THE removal of several trees in the Warwick CBD has left residents stumped.
The most noticeable is the Christmas tree and accompanying decorations now absent from Warwick Town Hall.
Southern Downs Regional Council staff removed the tree and decorations yesterday to make way for the March of the Dungarees commemorations tonight.
Mayor Peter Blundell assured residents it was only a temporary measure and the decorations would soon return.
"In support (of the event), council staff will be taking down the Christmas tree and Town Hall decorations to allow the Dungarees event organisers to set up this area to capture and reflect that historic moment in time," Cr Blundell said.
"The tree and decorations will be reinstated on December 14 to support the wonderful festive Christmas atmosphere in the town centre."
In a more permanent move, four trees on the corner of Fitzroy and Palmerin Sts were removed earlier this week.
Their removal came after council officers determined three of the robinia trees were in an unsafe condition or in poor health.
Director of engineering services Peter See said council's park and gardens staff removed the trees on Monday after an assessment under council's street tree removal guidelines.
"One tree was affected by the May storms and presented safety concerns. It was left in situ for the Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival, but had previously been scheduled to be removed," Mr See said.
"One tree looked in poor condition from previous heavy pruning which was required as limbs obstructed a fire escape ladder while another tree was dead, as a result of a borer infection.
"The remaining tree, whilst in good health, was removed in consideration of the impact on the streetscape due to the removal of the other three trees."
Mr See said the Warwick Art Gallery, due to its involvement with the Jumpers and Jazz Festival, was informed the trees were to be removed and offered no objection.