Trees to be removed at Queens Park
Council arborists will begin tree removals at Queens Park this week, weather permitting.
The trees being removed have either been condemned by arborists due to safety concerns, are self-sown common species, or form part of the Queens Park Revitalisation project.
The trees that have been condemned suffer from a variety of health-related issues, including bracket fungi, storm damage and structural faults, among others.
Council is also looking into the opportunity to replace some of the common self-sown tree species with more unique varieties that have a better fit with the history of the park and the Queens Park Revitalisation project.
The draft masterplan for the Queens Park revitalisation project was unveiled late last year. Council is working closely with local consultants to incorporate stakeholder feedback received during consultation.
Some of the key features and facilities identified during consultation, and being incorporated into the masterplan, include renovating the existing cricket change rooms to cater for multipurpose community uses, the addition of public toilets near the new adventure playground, improved car parking facilities and protection and enhancement of the historical Arboretum and Palmetum.
The masterplan also includes improved pedestrian and bikeway connectivity, lighting to improve public safety, yarning circle with cultural heritage design elements, a dog park and additional picnic shelters, barbecues and bench seating.
Works associated with the $8.8 million Queens Park Revitalisation project are funded by the Queensland Government’s Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) and this is the first project being delivered as part of Mackay’s Waterfront priority development area.
Public access to Queens Park will be restricted and the gates will be closed during the tree removal works. The public are asked to keep clear of the work area for safety reasons.
Tree removals are expected to be complete by the end of March, weather permitting.
Council apologises for any inconvenience caused.