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Fraser Coast Regional Council is committed to building better communities by maintaining our unique natural environment and lifestyle.
As part of this commitment, we have completed the removal of 158 African tulip trees from Fraser Coast Regional Council parks and gardens! The trees were introduced to Australia and have become a serious environmental weed. They are also extremely harmful to native stingless bees.
As Council’s Biosecurity Officers move around the region monitoring pests and weeds, they have also noted the locations of African tulip trees. Given the size of our Local Government Area, there is a potential to miss a small number of trees on Council land. If you spot any further African tulip trees on Council controlled land, we encourage you to report them to us so they can be removed.
The next stage of the eradication program will focus on education to help see the removal of African tulip trees from private properties.
Council is offering Fraser Coast residents who eradicate African tulip trees from their land a free native seedling for each tree they remove. Residents should take a photo of the tree before it is removed and after it is removed to be eligible for the replacement seedling. Email the photos to OpenSpacefirstname.lastname@example.org to arrange the replacement seedling.
Please note, the African tulip tree tends to reshoot and send up several new suckers when not treated with herbicide before or after being cut. For further information on the African tulip tree, please see the Queensland Government fact sheet.