Livingstone council axes iconic pines at Yeppoon

LIVINGSTONE Shire Council has decided to call timber on two iconic pines in Yeppoon.

The trees, two of four on Cliff St, will be removed within the month due to the threat posed to property.

The trees had caused significant damage to residences during Cyclone Marcia and were now leaning toward private property, councillors heard this week.

Council had been approached prior to the storm to remove the trees due to perceived risk to properties, but they were not removed and instead were trimmed of side branches.

Cr Tom Wyatt put forward the motion of removal to council, citing the trees were "threatening private property".

He requested the time frame of a month, which was accepted.

"The trees are a risk," he said.

"Let's get it done before another storm comes up."

Cr Wyatt confirmed the two pines were not a recommended species of street plant.

Cr Glenda Mather said whilst people considered the trees iconic to the region, the public should be aware the removal was on the grounds of safety.

The issue brought up discussion by Deputy Mayor Graham Scott on a possible audit of existing street trees to identify those that potentially posed a risk.

He said the remaining street trees were a big concern for the community.

"It is at the front of mind of residents as a result of the cyclone," he said.

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