Council make "serious" decision to remove eight fig trees
EIGHT fig trees will be removed from the footpath in Chancellor Dr in Hervey Bay to protect a culvert and the road.
"There is a real danger that tree roots will damage the culvert crossing which is the only access to the subdivision," Infrastructure and Planning Portfolio Councillor Trevor McDonald said.
"The roots have already lifted sections of the road, damaged the footpath and concrete culvert embankment protection.
"If left, the roots could lift the culverts and cause further damage to the road."
The trees will be removed and 32 non-intrusive species replanted in their place through the drainage reserve.
Cr McDonald said the council had not taken the decision lightly.
"This is a serious decision, to remove eight mature fig trees," he said.
"The real issue is the damage that the trees are causing.
"I invite ratepayers to visit the site to see why council is taking this action."