Darren Metcalfe is worried about dead and dying palm trees on Yaamba Rd. Mr Metcalfe says the trees are a key part of the streetscape and have been there more than 30 years. “Malicious poisoning” has been mentioned as one possibility for the trees' condition.
Darren Metcalfe is worried about dead and dying palm trees on Yaamba Rd. Mr Metcalfe says the trees are a key part of the streetscape and have been there more than 30 years. “Malicious poisoning” has been mentioned as one possibility for the trees' condition. Chris Ison

Who poisoned Rocky's palm trees?

DEAD and dying palm trees on the median strip on Yaamba Rd have left local residents and shop workers scratching their heads.

“Malicious poisoning” has been mentioned as one possible cause.

Concerned resident Darren Metcalfe contacted The Morning Bulletin after he became worried by the state of the trees.

Mr Metcalfe said he had heard a bug infestation could be the cause.

Rockhampton Regional councillor Cherie Rutherford said 10 trees had been identified as dead or dying and would have to be removed from the median strip, between Richardson Rd and Main St.

She said council staff was unsure whether the palms had died as a result of malicious poisoning, contaminated underground water drainage, weevil infestation, prolonged exposure to spraying or poor environmental conditions.

“It's important to note that there are a variety of reasons that could have contributed to the death of these palms and prior to removal a reason for their death cannot be ascertained.”

Cr Rutherford said she was “disappointed and saddened” by the loss of the trees.

Council officers will test the soil as well as the trees once they have been removed.

One north-bound and one south-bound lane will be closed on May 22 to remove the trees and plant new Washingtonia palms.

Council officers will test the remaining palms for weevils.



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