Pave paradise but protect trees
Developers have promised the Coolum community that the trademark pines along the Coolum beach-front road will be protected.
Work at the Watpac redevelopment site at the corner of David Low Way and Beach Road is progressing and the Sunshine Coast council advises that the pine trees at the front of the building will be retained and that the developer has lodged a financial guarantee ensuring these trees are protected.
Residents keen to see Coolum's signature pandanus trees back are advised that the large trees removed from the site during the demolition phase are being stored and cared for in parkland behind the building site.
Once footpath works are completed they will be replanted alongside extra trees to boost the shade provided by the combination of building awnings and the tree canopy.
Work on the rear car park off Frank Street has begun, including the removal of three cotton trees.
The trees, inspected by the council's environment assessment unit before their removal, have suffered in their position close to the car park kerb.
Following heavy rain a fourth cotton tree fell and damaged adjacent infrastructure, prompting the removal of the remainder. The trees will be replaced with more suitable street trees.
Once works are completed, the grassy area off Park Street will be a quiet, shady alternative to the new streetscape.