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Gum trees becoming growing issue for couple

YARD INVASION: Margaret and Vince Connell have counted over 700 gum trees sprouting in their yard and said it has caused by seeds from a tree on council land.
YARD INVASION: Margaret and Vince Connell have counted over 700 gum trees sprouting in their yard and said it has caused by seeds from a tree on council land. Cathy Moore

MARGARET and Vince Connell have counted 760 gum trees growing in their small backyard and blame the larger council-owned tree behind their fence for creating the mess.

The 79-year-old Sandstone Point woman said she can't sleep at night because she is too stressed about what to do with all the trees.

"All I can see in my head when I lay down is gum trees and I'm thinking 'what am I going to do about them?'," she said.

"This has been going on for a couple of years and we've had the council out before and they won't do anything about the tree.

"We're not saying we want it cut down, we're just saying we don't know what to do about it but we've got no help and no feedback."

The retired couple said Moreton Bay Regional Council had been to their property and told them they could spray the sprouting trees or they can pull them out.

"We're 80 years old, we've got enough to do with looking after ourselves," Margaret said.

The pair said they are fed up with seeing council attend event after event while they struggle to have someone address their issue.

"They have one recorded statement and it seems to be the same thing on everyone's lips, they all say 'you've got a beautiful, healthy gum tree, enjoy it'," Vince said.

"Okay, we know the tree is healthy but so are all these ones growing in our yard and we're not," Margaret said.

The married duo has lived in the house for nearly 20 years and designed it themselves.

They said to see their backyard overrun with young trees is disappointing and stressful.

"It's a mess, it's a disgusting mess," Vince said.

A MBRC spokesperson said crews assessed the tree following a customer request.

"It was determined the tree was healthy and would not be removed because it was producing seeds," the spokesperson said.

"Trees along the Sandstone Point shoreline provide stability for the foreshore embankment, form part of vital coastal bushland and provide valuable animal habitat.

"Residents can contact council to request an inspection of a tree/s or lodge a request for maintenance of tree/s on council-controlled land where the trees cause a safety concern; are unhealthy; damage footpaths or kerbing; or overhang a road or footpath," the council spokesperson said.


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