Bug puts pines through the hoop

By NATALIE SMITH

ONE of the most loved parts of Yeppoon's central business district landscape, the hoop pines, are under attack by bacteria.

At the Livingstone Shire Council general meeting last Wednesday a report was tabled about a bacterial wetwood disease affecting many of the Hoop Pines along Anzac Parade and Normanby Street.

In 1999 a tree surgeon assessment report was prepared by the Australian Tree Care Services, but since then a number of trees in Yeppoon's central business district have developed large black stains on their trunks.

Australian Tree Care Services conducted another assessment of the trees in Normanby Street and Anzac Parade in July this year.

The report found some of the trees, including trees at the front of the Livingstone Shire Council administration building, were in serious decline and had begun to weep a watery, strong smelling liquid at the site of old pruning wounds.

Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig said the trees has significant meaning to the Capricorn Coast community.

"Many of them were planted to commemorate World War One and the soldiers from our region who fought in the conflict,'' he said.

"They are also heritage listed and are part of the character of our central business district.

"We will be working with the Fallen Pines Group and do everything we can to save the trees and we did employ one of the foremost specialist tree doctors in Australia to look at them.

"Some are going to be touch and go.



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