Friday, 18 September 2020
Petitioners declare: Save our Trees

More than 700 people have signed a petition to save the Evergreen Ash trees from the axe.

“That’s the total from Saturday morning, when we set up tables in High Street and asked people to consider signing the petition to stop the Scenic Rim Regional Council from destroying the four mature Ash trees during the upgrade of the streetscape,” said organisers, Chris Bowman and Jane Bell.

“About 98 percent of the people we asked jumped at the chance to sign the petition.

“Despite the dusty and cold, windy weather, a lot of them told us they had come into town especially to sign the petition.”

There were two petitions, each with the same message.

“One was for Scenic Rim residents to sign and the other for visitors as we believe it’s important that Council understands it is both residents and tourists who strongly believe those trees should remain,” Chris said.

The community members leading the petition in conjunction with the Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire (BOSS) and the Boonah District Chamber of Commerce have set a target of 1,000 signatures.

“On Saturday, 540 local residents and 145 visitors signed the petitions in the street,” Chris said.

“We haven’t collected the ones we left in businesses yet but we know the count has passed the 700 mark,” Chris said.

“And we plan to set up in High Street again on Friday and Saturday, so the 1,000 signature target should easily be reached.”

Chris added that the sentiment against the removal of the Council’s plans to remove the trees runs from anger to outrage.

“Many view it as sheer vandalism and a total lack of understanding of what those trees mean from the presentation of the street to cooling shade in Summer.”

Four representatives from the Boonah District Chamber of Commerce and BOSS have been invited to meet with Council officers to discuss the issue this afternoon (Wednesday).

“One of our most important messages to the officers will be about the lack of consultation over the destruction of the trees,” Chris said.

“And we want to impress on them that we do not regard this meeting as community consultation.

“We’ll be calling on Council to hold a public meeting to discuss the issue so Councillors can gauge how strongly this community feels about the trees.”