Wednesday, June 19, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

A Tree-riffic New Addition!

Balance has been restored to the Cannonvale Beach parklands with the arrival of a three-metre Fig Tree which replaces the old tree that was tragically poisoned some weeks prior.

Investigations are still underway to discover the culprit who took it upon themselves to destroy the large tree that was a habitat for birdlife and a welcome source of shade for many decades.

It was, however, a sense of renewal when the young tree was planted in a similar spot earlier this week.

At just three-metres, it is expected the youngster will grow to at least 10-metres in height.

Two Council Parks and Gardens workers planted the tree on Tuesday morning and commented they were thrilled to see a replacement arrive so quickly.

The replanting comes after Council announced the tree had been poisoned on the 8th May.

“We regret to inform the community of the loss of a beautiful fig tree on the Cannonvale Foreshore,” said the Whitsunday Regional Council statement.

“Over the past two weeks, deliberate damage has been inflicted upon the tree, evidenced by drill holes strategically placed around its trunk, indicating a poisoning attempt.

“Over the weekend, fresh poison holes were found, and the tree has taken a turn for the worse. Unfortunately, an arborist report has confirmed the tree cannot be saved and will be removed to ensure public safety. We will look to replant a new tree in its place.”

The incident has been logged with Queensland Police, and Council encourages anybody who may have information about the act of vandalism to contact Council or the Police.

The new three-metre fig tree. Photo credit: Rachael Smith

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