A FIGGY FAREWELL: The tree to be lopped tomorrow as part of the Emerald pool redevelopment. sw-271010-010
A FIGGY FAREWELL: The tree to be lopped tomorrow as part of the Emerald pool redevelopment. sw-271010-010

Pool fig to be felled

CENTRAL Highlands Regional Council is starting to pave the way for redevelopment of the Emerald Aquatic Centre, with the removal of a fig tree from the grounds tomorrow.

“We have really explored all other options before reaching this decision,” said Mayor Peter Maguire.

“However, with the proposed expansion and upgrade of the pool facilities, there is no alternative.

“The root system is already affecting some of the existing infrastructure there and the situation would only get worse the longer the tree remains.

“We have to do this now to allow time for the roots to die off and settle. This can take several months. By doing it now, we are well placed to start work on any major repairs or renovations during the winter months.”

Council is continuing to refine plans and engineering designs for a major redevelopment of the Aquatic Centre.


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