« Back

Don't plant trees on your footpath - Council warning

Charters Towers Regional Council is reminding residents not to plant trees on Council-owned footpaths.
 
The call follows two requests from residents to remove problem trees from footpaths in School and Mosman streets.
 
Council CEO Mark Crawley said the requests have been received by the residents who were concerned with the damage being done to house guttering and the potential danger of falling branches.
 
"In both cases, the offending trees are a danger to members of the public but were also causing damage to residents' houses with gutting needing to be replaced in one instance because of the leaves," Mr Crawley said.
 
"It's unfortunate that residents have to put up with the consequences of someone else's decision, years ago, to plant the trees but it's also an expensive exercise for Council and one that we want to avoid in the future."
 
Mr Crawley reminded residents that they had no authority or approval to plant any type of tree on the footpath which is in fact Council property.
 
"Council reminds people – don't plant trees on the footpath, keep your tree planting to within your own yard," he said.
 
"Residents can be well intentioned and believe they will maintain and prune the tree they plant.

"But when the property is sold, invariably the tree becomes a Council problem."

Mr Crawley said significant damage was occurring in numerous streets in Charters Towers, caused by tree roots impacting on both kerbing infrastructure and on the road surface.
 
"There is also the real danger of roots being a trip hazard for people using either the footpath or the road."
 
The removal of the trees in School and Mosman streets is being undertaken by qualified and trained staff in Council's tree pruning crew following a full risk assessment being undertaken before work starts.

Latest News Latest News

Mayor Message – Cr Liz Schmidt

Many households in our region are proud pet owners, especially dog owners. With pet ownership comes many responsibilities, including providing shelter, food, water, vaccinations and medications. ...

Stay local for the holidays

With the school holidays almost here, Council will be offering some exciting and affordable activities for the next 3 weeks. Get active this Sunday at the Towers Adventure Series multi-sport race....

PUBLIC NOTICE - Refuse collection— Temporary Change— Greenvale

Council advises Greenvale residents that there is a temporary change in garbage collection for this week only. Collection will occur on Friday 22 June. Regular services will return next week,...

PUBLIC NOTICE - Smart Water Meter Installation — Charters Towers

Council wishes to advise that the installation of smart water meter devices in Charters Towers is due to commence on Monday, 25 June through to Friday, 20 July. The installation will require...

PUBLIC NOTICE - Burst Water Main — Sadds Lane, Charters Towers

Council advises that an unscheduled water outage has occurred on Sadds Lane due to a burst water main. Council staff are currently on site attending to the repair and residents can expect to be...

PUBLIC NOTICE - Excelsior Library— Temporary Closure

Council wishes to advise that the Excelsior Library will be closed on Wednesday 27 June 2018 for maintenance. The Library will open again 9am Thursday 28 June 2018.   Council apologises for...

Feedback sought for allocation of drought relief funding

Charters Towers Regional Council is currently seeking feedback on how to allocate Community Drought Support Funding.  Local businesses, grazing families/communities and anyone affected by...

Councillor message – Cr Bernie Robertson

I was asked the question “why do you want to serve as a Councillor again?” This is a question I had asked myself and thought long and hard about.   I’ve been a member of...

PUBLIC NOTICE: Towers Hill—Periodic Closure: 18 June—18 July

Towers Hill—Periodic Closure: 18 June—18 July Council wishes to advise that planned works for buildings adjoining the Towers Hill access road will commence 18 June through until 18...

PUBLIC NOTICE - Refuse collection— Temporary Change— Greenvale

Refuse collection— Temporary Change— Greenvale Council wishes to advise Greenvale residents that there is a temporary change in garbage collection for this week only. Collection will...