Troublesome Tannum pine trees to be monitored

GLADSTONE Regional Council will monitor the growth of a stand of hoop pine trees that are causing concern for residents on Groper and Alfred streets, Tannum Sands.

Parks and Environment Division staff met with residents from the two streets in December to discuss a number of options for the trees, which have branches overhanging several properties.

As a result, the council has decided that parks and environment staff will monitor the growth of the trees for the next 12 months and report back with a suggested course of action.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said the council had considered several options before deciding to proceed with the growth monitoring process.

"Council looked at the possibility of removing the trees and replanting the area with appropriate vegetation to form an amenity hedge, and also the option, raised by the residents, of removing the tops of the trees," Cr Sellers said.

"However, it is unknown how the trees will react to pruning, especially on a regular basis, and this poses a high risk to the health of the trees, which council will only remove if another solution cannot be found.

"Monitoring of the hoop pines, which was also raised at the meeting with residents, will enable parks and environment officers to measure the rate of growth and identify the potential future impacts on nearby properties as the trees mature."