Mason St mango tree may face axe
IT’S more than 100 years old, but this magnificent mango tree’s days may be numbered.
One resident of Mason Street, Koongal, where the huge tree sits proudly in the middle of the road, has asked for it to be chopped down, claiming it is a danger to traffic.
Others who live in the street, which is next to Thozet’s Creek, have rallied to its defence.
And Cr Tony Williams thinks it might be a better solution to divert the road rather than destroy such a beautiful tree.
He says the issue might be clouded by its historical significance.
“There’s some evidence it was planted, along with a stand of other mangos nearby, by Anthelme Thozet,” he said.
Mr Thozet, the French botanist who founded Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, had his Rockhampton estate where this part of Mason Street now sits.
“I’ve been handed a petition asking for it to be retained and a letter from one resident asking for it to be removed,” said Cr Williams, who will ask council officers to suggest solutions.
It might be possible, but very expensive, to relocate it to a nearby paddock, he says.
The road is narrow and some vehicles are too wide to drive safely past the tree.
Cr Williams says he’s not aware of it being hit by any vehicles, but as it is at the bottom of a steep hill and a few metres from a sharp bend, he accepts there is a risk.
“Mason Street is not busy and there’s land alongside to divert the road. That’s my preference,” he said.