Alan Wetton shows footpath damage from tree roots in Adelaide Street.
Alan Wetton shows footpath damage from tree roots in Adelaide Street. Richard Harvey

Problem rooted in CBD

LETTERS to the Fraser Coast council dating back almost seven months and asking for action on dangerous and damaging Maryborough CBD trees still have not been answered.

Maryborough realtor Alan Wetton said yesterday leopard trees planted by the former Maryborough City Council were now “out of control”.

“They are causing thousands of dollars of damage to about 15 properties, particularly along Kent and Adelaide streets, and yet the CEO, Andrew Brien, chose not to reply to either of my two letters, the last of which I emailed and posted to him on July 15 last year.

“I emailed Mr Brien again last Friday and attached my message and letter to all the councillors so who knows? Someone may actually respond.”

Later in the day Mr Wetton contacted the Chronicle, attaching Mr Brien’s response that promised a response.

“I received your email on Friday and have asked for a response to be prepared. I understand that there was an assessment undertaken of all street trees within the Maryborough CBD and I am awaiting recommendations of this report. I will follow up with relevant staff again this week to see what has occurred to date in relation to your previous correspondence.”

Mr Wetton said the trees were dropping twigs and leaves into box gutters and on to awnings so that water overflowed, including on one occasion into the Stuparts building on the corner of Kent and Bazaar streets, where his office is.

“I told Mr Brien on Friday that the Leading Edge tenancy at 201 Adelaide Street had developed some cracking in the facade, suspected of being caused by tree roots. The Besser work is cracking around the first floor and could be dangerous.” Mr Wetton said he had to repair damage to the Gardenia Cafe in Adelaide Street and the Kinne building on the corner of Kent and Adelaide streets had also suffered damage.

“The council chose the wrong sort of tree to plant in the CBD. They need to replace the leopards with natives before someone gets hurt or more serious damage happens.”



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