The Queenstown Lakes District Council is undertaking tree
work which is expected to continue until the end of the
The programme includes the removal of a beech tree in the
Queenstown Gardens, "Unfortunately, the tree has been
progressively dying over the last few years and it is now at
the stage where the dead branches are threatening the
glasshouse and tennis court area," the council's parks
manager, Gordon Bailey, said.
The council's policy was to replace trees if possible and
therefore a new tree would be planted at the site.
The Wellingtonia trees next to the Queenstown District Court
building were in line for a trim because high vehicles were
brushing against some branches.
Near the Novotel Gardens Hotel, a large macrocarpa and a
large Douglas fir would also be removed since they were
"likely to become unstable as they continue to grow", Mr
"If they fail, then they could threaten the hotel."
He said this year the council had planted more than 250
At the council's community services meeting last Tuesday, Mr
Bailey recommended the removal of evergreen trees, mainly
Douglas fir, eucalyptus and pine, from the lake side of the
Reasons for the removal were listed in a report presented to
the committee, with an emphasis on the danger the trees posed
to sewer pipes running next to the track.
The pipes were due to be upgraded, but as the upgrade was now
on hold, Mr Bailey said the "council should proceed with the
tree removal as a standalone project".
Committee chairwoman Cath Gilmour opposed the removal without
a guarantee the trees would be replaced shortly after.
The committee decided a site visit was necessary before
putting the issue out for public consultation.