Tree removal - French St, Palm Cove

  • Suburb: Palm Cove
  • Work period (anticipated): 27/01/2020 to 01/01/2020
  • Description: Removal of a diseased tree due to public safety risk
  • Likely impacts: Noise; Dust; Property Access; Traffic Control; Road Closure
  • Location: French Street
  • Status: Open

Cairns Regional Council wishes to advise the necessary removal of a large Melaleuca tree in French Street, Palm Cove, situated between the Reef House and Villa Paradiso.

This tree is classified as significant and Council has been monitoring it for 15 years, with regular density scanning, investigation and reporting taking place since 2005. Over these years, the tree has been able to be managed by pruning to reduce the weight of the canopy. In the past two years however, the fungal infection has escalated and the hollowing and decay of the tree now presents too great a risk to public safety from potential structural failure.

Council has, at the request of the public, engaged a master Arborist to undertake a peer review of previous assessments leading up to the initial notification of the proposed removal in February 2020, as well as an independent risk assessment and recommendations.  As a result, Council has re-scanned the base and trunk of the tree by sonic tomography to confirm the extent of fungal infection.  The result of this re-assessment has confirmed significant spread of the fungal infection to the point that Council can no longer guarantee its safe retention and therefore confirms the imminent removal of the tree.

Removal of the tree is programmed for 10 and 11 June 2020 with the site and nearby locations to be replanted with several of the same species.

During removal, a qualified spotter/catcher will be onsite to attend to wildlife relocation, as required and Ant Plants within the tree will be removed for relocation.

During removal works, a temporary road closure of French St is required and Williams Esplanade will be under traffic control. Pedestrian detours will be in place.

We thank you for your patience and cooperation. For further information, please email feedback@cairns.qld.gov.au

A large Melaleuca tree in French Street, Palm Cove, is recommended for removal. This tree, situated between the Reef House and Villa Paradiso, is diseased with no potential for recovery or improvement.

This tree is classified as significant and it has been monitored for 15 years, with regular density scanning, investigation and reporting taking place since 2005. Over these years, the tree has been able to be managed by pruning to reduce the weight of the canopy. In the past two years however, the fungal infection has escalated and the hollowing and decay of the tree now presents too great a risk to public safety from potential structural failure. Methods used in the past to preserve the tree can no longer be used because further canopy pruning may affect the structural integrity of the tree.

Removal of the tree is therefore recommended, with the site replanted with the same species.

At this stage, removal is expected to be programmed to occur in February 2020 after a two week notification period. During removal, a qualified spotter/catcher will be onsite to attend to wildlife relocation as required and Ant Plants within the tree will be removed for relocation.

Removal works are estimated to take one day. During this time, temporary road closures of French Street and Williams Esplanade will be required. Pedestrian detours, noise and dust will also be unavoidable and some car parks will be temporarily closed. Every effort will be made to reduce these disruptions and we thank you for your patience and cooperation.

For further information or to provide feedback, please call 4044 3303 or email feedback@cairns.qld.gov.au by Monday 10 February 2020.

Last updated: 05 June 2020