Damaged tree ‘rotten'
THE sometimes violent and sometimes gradual effects of the weather have taken their toll in Gympie's Memorial Park, with another of the park's Jacaranda trees getting the chop yesterday.
Gympie Region Mayor Ron Dyne said the tree had been struck by lightning a couple of years ago and had since been attacked more gradually by rot in the tree's damaged sections.
"Staff have been monitoring it and found cavity rot in damaged branches.
"We've cut it down in case it drops branches or falls over, unfortunately," he said.
"Everyone sees these jacarandas as a great asset to the park, so these things are not done lightly," Cr Dyne said yesterday.
The safety aspect demanded that it come down," he said.
A rot-affected jacaranda branch fell in Reef St in 2009, blocking the street and narrowly missing parked cars.
That incident was attributed to gusty winds and rot in the fork of the tree.
Gympie police said then that it was lucky no one was hurt or killed in the incident.
If someone had been walking or driving under the tree as it fell, there could well have been a fatality, police said at the time.