Preservation and safety concerns prompt memorial park tidy-up

04 Aug 2022 |

3 August 2022

Several ailing trees at the Stanthorpe Soldiers Memorial Park have been identified as posing a dangerous risk to public safety and will need to be removed and replaced following advice from an independent expert.

To ensure the preservation of the heritage-listed memorial for future generations, Southern Downs Regional Council has also worked closely with the Queensland Department of Environment and Science as part of the due diligence process to assess the condition of the trees and feasible options.

Director Infrastructure Services Gary Murphy said Council understood the importance of the memorial park to the local community and was committed to implementing a sustainable solution.

“The Stanthorpe Soldiers Memorial Park is a significant and historic landmark valued by the community,” Mr Murphy said.

“Unfortunately, many of the trees within the park have outgrown their natural lifespan, with a fair number now showing signs of deterioration and posing a threat to public safety.

“The preservation of this memorial park is certainly a consideration in finding a solution but ultimately ensuring that it remains safe for the community is of overriding importance.

“Council worked closely with the Queensland Department of Environment and Science and has now obtained a heritage exemption certificate to remove 12 trees identified by an independent expert as requiring immediate attention.

“During the coming weeks, a qualified arborist will remove the ailing trees and the park will be tidied so it can once again open up for full public access.

“In accordance with the heritage exemption conditions, Council will replant specific varieties of trees to replace those which are removed.”

The memorial park was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 1995 as it was identified as a prominent and valued focal point for the community.

The Queensland Heritage Register is a list of places that have cultural heritage significance. These places are significant as they contribute to our understanding of the wider pattern and evolution of Queensland’s history and heritage.

Works are expected to commence the week beginning Monday 8 August, weather permitting.

Last edited date 04 Aug 2022