Scenic Rim Regional Council to keep three of four Himalayan Ash trees in Boonah town centre upgrade

COUNCIL says it has responded to community concerns and just one of the four Himalayan Ash trees in Boonah town centre will be a casualty of the High Street upgrades.

RENOVATIONS: An arborist and council officer oversee High Street works. Photo: supplied

RENOVATIONS: An arborist and council officer oversee High Street works. Photo: supplied

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said council had come up with alternative options to save the trees, some of which had been suggested by the community.

A power pole on the western side of the southern pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Park and High streets would be relocated to keep two of the trees, costing about $35,000.

One tree would be removed outside Glen's Diner and replaced with a Golden Penda to make way for a disability car park closer to council offices.

A council spokeswoman said the move would ensure a minimal number of existing car park spaces were removed.

"We were presented with a number of options to keep some of the invasive trees, all which have respective trade-offs in relation to risk, design outcomes, project costs and ongoing operational costs," Cr Christensen said.

A pollutant trap would be installed in storm water drains on High Street to intercept seeds that came from the catchment area between council's courtyard and Church Street.

It would come at a cost, with installation worth about $100,000 and yearly maintenance $10,000, though council would look for savings within the project to cover the initial payment.

Division 5 Cr Marshall Chalk said community feedback had been taken on board and the impact on car park spaces would be minimal.

"The aim of the project is to create a vibrant public space in this central area, however we took on board the community engagement about having access to more parking (on) High Street," he said.

"Some of the other options to retain the trees meant the loss of up to four car parks, so we wanted to minimise the reduction in parking numbers."

Works on the Boonah town centre upgrade must be completed by the end of 2020 to meet funding agreements.

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