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First follow-up treatment of fig trees in Maryborough

14 January 2020

The first follow-up treatment to prevent the spread of the fungal disease to other healthy fig trees near Maryborough City Hall happened yesterday, Monday, 13 January.

Fraser Coast Regional Council Arboriculture Supervisor Pat Mooney said an external arborist treated the site where a fig tree infected with brown root rot was removed in October.

“The infected tree was removed to maintain public safety and prevent the spread of the fungal disease to other healthy trees at the site,” Mr Mooney said.

“When we cut the roots out, the site was treated initially but that needed to be repeated now and then monthly until at least October.

“With these treatments, we’re doing the whole grassed area under the remaining three figs on the Lennox Street side plus the two fig trees on the Kent Street side.

Mr Mooney said a new tree would be replanted after 12 months following remediation of the site.

“We have taken cuttings of same species trees from the surrounding site and these are being developed in Council’s nursery in preparation for replanting late next year,” he said.

The infected tree and soil material removed in October was buried deep in a commercial landfill site to prevent the spread of the brown root rot.

Following an assessment in line with the international Society of Arboriculture’s Tree Risk Assessment, it was determined the full tree removal was required.

In addition, Council applied to the Department of Environment and Science to remove the tree as the stand of figs at City Hall is listed as significant under the Queensland Heritage Act.

Council was granted an exemption certificate under the Heritage Act to remove the tree provided it was replaced after 12 months.