Tree care procedure prioritises rehabilitation

Bundaberg Regional floral emblem the Golden Penda, tree care procedure
Bundaberg Regional floral emblem the Golden Penda

From maintenance programs to the steps taken to determine if a tree should be removed, Bundaberg Regional Council has outlined its approach to tree care.

Environment and Natural Resources portfolio spokesperson Cr Wayne Honor said the procedure was being made available online along with a summary fact sheet.

“We understand how passionate our residents are about the trees in Council’s care,” Cr Honor said.

“Council recognises the important role trees play in beautifying our urban areas and making them more liveable.

“We are also fortunate enough to have many trees throughout the region of historical significance.”

More trees planted than removed

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.

“Rehabilitation for a sick or dying tree is always our first step,” Cr Honor said.

“However unfortunately there are situations where we need to remove a tree that is posing a risk to people, property or infrastructure.

“This document outlines how those decisions are made.

“As a local government authority we have a duty of care to ensure all public areas are safe.”