Bundaberg Regional Council's parks team have been busy planning the beautification of Queens Park, with 100 native trees set to be planted in the area soon.
The local park, situated between Hope Street and the Burnett River, is on the local heritage register due to the many old, remnant rainforest trees inhabiting the space.
Council's Coordinator of Arboriculture, Botanic Gardens and Horticulture Carl Moller said to keep the area thriving for years to come, new trees were being planted as well as maintenance work carried out.
“Many trees throughout Queens Park are quite old and suffered badly during the recent drought,” he said.
“Council staff are planting 100 native trees to replace the trees that will die in the years ahead.
“Council has also recently placed some rocks and mulch around some of the trees, to improve their health and prevent damage from vehicles.”
Carl said keeping the natural area maintained was important in keeping the area's history alive.
“Queens Park is 13.6ha in size and boasts 900metres of river frontage,” he said.
“Some areas contain remnants of the original vegetation which once grew around Bundaberg, in particular a vine forest known locally as ‘Woongarra Scrub’.”
Carl said the park had a long history in Bundaberg.
“The park is on the local heritage register of Bundaberg Regional Council,” he said.
“It has heritage significance as the area was established as the original Botanic Gardens in the late 1870s soon after the establishment of Bundaberg as a major settlement.
“Queens Park contains a selection of trees that pre-date European settlement and have aesthetic significance.”
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