Anzac Memorial Trees to be destroyed for development of new Service Station on Anzac Ave (Treegate 1)

No thanks to former Councillor David Dwyer

Yes, that’s right, we are getting yet another Service Station beside Hungry Jacks, in the less than 2km strip of Anzac Ave in Kallangur that is populated with 3 servos already. Not to mention also within the close proxomities of the servos on Old Gympie Rd, and Dohles Rocks Rd.

One of the Originally Planted Anzac Memorial Avenue Trees, to be destroyed

So who let two Anzac Memorial Trees, planted between 1925-1933 be sacrificed for development, instead of being worked around?

Not only MBRC let it through, but shockingly the Anzac Memorial Avenue Centenary Committee (AMACC) have given their blessing! That’s right you have read that correctly. The Association, who were created to specifically treasure and restore the Anzac Memorial Avenue for the centenary years of Australia’s involvement in WWI (1915-1918), gave their approval.

But wait there is more. Not only did former MBRC Councillor David Dwyer, as president of AMACC sign off on the destruction of these two trees, but he on behalf of the AMACC, accepted a $20,000 donation as compensation.

This not only seems to be a hypocritical action by Mr Dwyer, given the expected role of AMACC; but also in 2014 the then Councillor and Chairman of AMACC, Cr Dwyer claimed disgust, as quoted in a Pine Rivers Press article, when Council Staff accidentally felled two other memorial trees a year before the centenary celebrations began.

“Cr David Dwyer (Div7), chairman of the Anzac Memorial Avenue Centenary Committee (AMACC), said: “I am disgusted.”

David Dwyer, planting replaced mistakenly felled Memorial Cocos Palm Trees. Image credit: www.amacc.net.au

Brent Ledez from AMACC said if the tree fellers read the plaque, the felling would not have happened.

“The lesson is people should be made more aware of the important objects of Pine Rivers history,” he said”

So when does “important objects of Pine Rivers history”, become important to Mr Dwyer and AMACC enough to be treasured? Or instead willingly sacrificed? Perhaps when the amount of money waved in their face is big enough, hey?

Oh, and did I mention that in the acceptance of the donation (subject to the Development Application’s approval), Mr Dwyer acknowledged the developer would “continue to push for the permanent closure of Ferrier St”. Has Mr Dwyer forgotten he is no longer a MBRC Councillor? We doubt he has even consulted with Ferrier St and Cotterall Rd residents.

 

What is the role of the AMACC? To protect our Anzac memorials? Or to sell them off?

The MBRC description of the AMACC is:

“The Anzac Memorial Avenue Centenary Committee (AMACC) was formed to initiate significant events to mark the centenary of the ANZAC Landings at Gallipoli and onwards. The committee comprises like-minded community citizens and business who have an interest in preserving the history of our armed forces and the link to the local area around Anzac Avenue.”

What part of preserving is AMACC doing, when they approve the felling of two 84-92 year old Anzac Memorial Trees?

 

History of Anzac Memorial Avenue Treescapes

Anzac Avenue, formally named the Anzac Memorial Avenue, was built from Petrie to Redcliffe, in 1925. The project, an idea of Thomas Rothwell, then president of the RACQ, not only was to create a wonderful and landmark memorial for the men and women who sacrificed themselves in World War 1, but it was also used to provide employment for returned soldiers in the construction.

The treescape lining the route was specifically designed to contribute to the longest WW1 Memorial in Queensland:

“When the scheme was first suggested, it was hoped that Queensland, by means of the movement, would plant the finest avenue in Australia, stretching from Kedron to Redcliffe, a beautiful avenue of trees.”  (Source: Anzac Memorial Avenue Booklet 1993 http://www.amacc.net.au/images/Anzac_Memorial_Avenue_Booklet_1_Part1.pdf)

 

Anzac Memorial Avenue is also heritage listed: https://environment.ehp.qld.gov.au/heritage-register/detail/?id=602693
The Environment and Heritage Protection Department describe the Memorial Avenue’s significance:

“Anzac Memorial Avenue (opened 1925), travelling between Redcliffe and Petrie, is the longest World War I memorial avenue in Queensland and was the first bitumen motor road to a seaside resort connected to Brisbane, a response to the growth in car usage in the early 1920s.”

“In its route, and as an extensive tree-lined avenue of planned and evenly spaced plantings, Anzac Memorial Avenue is important in demonstrating the characteristics of a memorial avenue.”

“A landmark road in southeast Queensland, Anzac Memorial Avenue is important for vistas experienced while progressing along the route and the visual delight of stretches of striking plantings including poincianas, pines, cotton trees, eucalypts and the lush mango section.”
AMACC what are you doing????

Follow up article with more information: https://myk.town/whatson.php?articleId=57

Treegate Continued article: https://myk.town/whatson.php?articleId=58

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