A century old tree at Moggill has been saved from removal after concerned residents and Council worked with the developer to ensure the tree was preserved as part of a proposed development.
Pullenvale Ward Councillor Greg Adermann said the tree had been saved thanks to community spirit and co-operation.
“The tree, which is a century old and of cultural significance, was at risk at removal as part of a developer’s proposed plan to subdivide a block at 82 Weekes Road into six housing blocks,” Cr Adermann said.
“I became aware of this significant tree when I was contacted by several concerned residents earlier this year, including former Councillor and local historian Judy Magub.
“This tree is identified as an Aboriginal birthing tree, with history indicating a family camped at the site between 1927 and 1966.
“Further, historians believe the last Aboriginal child born in the district was at the site of this tree.
“I did not want to see this important piece of history lost to development, so I wrote to City Planning Chair and Deputy Mayor Krista Adams requesting Council officers investigate a way to save this tree.”
Cr Adermann said his mission to save the tree was supported by Ms Magub, the Kenmore and District Historical Society, the Yugara Yugarapul Aboriginal Corporation and many concerned residents.
The developer and architect Bruce Lockwood responded and amended his plans to redesign the road and underground services to ensure the protection of the tree.
“I am pleased this important tree will be preserved and remain standing for many years to come.
“I thank Mr. Lockwood for taking community feedback onboard and working to deliver a better outcome for residents,” Cr. Adermann said.
Dr Christian Rowan MP, the State Member for Moggill and LNP Shadow Minister for Education and the Arts, welcomed the decision to preserve this culturally significant tree.
“This is an important outcome for our First Nations Peoples, and for local historical preservation,” Dr Rowan said.
“It is thanks to Cr Adermann’s consultative approach that such a positive outcome could be achieved.
“My thanks also to all who participated in such a constructive and collaborative manner, to ensure a sustainable solution for this culturally significant tree could be found,” Dr. Rowan said.