Planting healthy trees focus of arborist visit

Council staff with visiting arborist Matt Duncan.
(L to R) Darrin Robinson (Council arborist) Bevan Page, Diane Southwell (specialised labourers), Cody Johnson (Botanic Gardens supervisor), Carl Moller (Co-ordinator Botanic and Arboricultural Services), Theo Haili (specialised labourer), Mark Reynolds (Leading hand), Matt Duncan (consulting arborist).

Council’s tree planting crew is finding ways to grow the best street trees in the state.

Earlier this week staff from Council’s botanic and arboricultural section were treated to a visit from consulting arborist Matt Duncan.

Mr Duncan is a very knowledgeable and passionate arborist with a track record in planting and caring for trees in London and throughout Queensland.

He took the opportunity to inspect Council’s plant nursery, took part in a tree planting demonstration and looked at some of the hundreds of street trees which Council has planted in the previous eight months.

According to Mr Duncan, Bundaberg is very lucky to have wide streets and footpaths which give enough room for trees to grow well in the urban environment.

The importance of good soil preparation, decompacting and adding microbes to the soil, and using plenty of well-aged mulch were also topics for discussion.

He said that trees grew best when they could develop strong and healthy roots, and stressed the importance of species selection to get “the right tree in the right place”.

Council staff were delighted with the opportunity to speak with Mr Duncan and the chance to hear new ideas.

The visit comes off the back of Council’s extensive tree planting programs with plenty more on the books this year.

More than 6000 trees are being planted throughout the Bundaberg Region to protect the environment and provide shade in parks and natural areas.

Tens of thousands of trees have been planted in the past three years.


  1. Love to hear news like this and appreciation for the value of trees in the environment. Only thing I can’t understand is why the Council has recently cut down the only three trees in Mittelheuser Road, Mon Repos, around the corner from the recent tree planting in Grange Rd.

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