Shady trees win out
IT was a tree described as ‘stunning’ and ‘spectacular’ but the beautiful poinciana will have no place in the revitalisation of Macksville’s River Street foreshore.
Discussion at Thursday’s Nambucca Shire Council meeting centred on a request from the Macksville Chamber of Commerce to substitute plantings of the native tuckeroo with the exotic poinciana at the popular riverfront park.
Councillor Janet Court said as a former resident of Brisbane she knew all too well about the good and bad points of the poinciana.
“It is a magnificent tree but the buttress roots will create problems for pedestrians and pathways and those underground will be a nightmare for drains,” Cr Court said.
“We’ve gotten rid of fig trees for those very same reasons and so I can’t support any plantings of poincianas in this area.
I also have a problem with the fact that for much of the year and particularly the start of summer it doesn’t have any leaves. We need a tree that offers year-round shade.”
Cr Brian Finlayson agreed that the poinciana was a spectacular specimen.
“River Street is one of the most popular streets in the CBD because it is the only place where people can find a shady spot to park their cars,” he said.
“We need evergreen rather than deciduous trees in that area.”
The council resolved to revert to the original plan and to increase the number of tuckeroos to be planted. The project has an estimated cost of $300,000 to $400,000, with $100,000 allocated for the next two years.