Residents discuss landscaping at new Bunnings

RESIDENTS of Pandanus Drive met with Whitsunday Regional Council representatives on Tuesday to discuss the landscaping plans for their street.

Citizens have expressed their concerns about the area between the kerb and the new Bunnings Warehouse development as they believe it imposes a visual eyesore to the streetscape.

Resident Gaye Donnellan said a whole lot of screening was needed.

“What we want on this side for our streetscape is for them (Bunnings landscapers) to plant trees and maintain them, including watering and maintaining the existing Chilean Wine Palms.”

There have already been nine Chilean Wine Palms removed from the street and transported to the Port of Airlie to allow an access way for trucks from the street on to the Bunnings site.

The residents are now concerned about the remaining palms.

Whitsunday Regional Council's Director of planning and development Stan Taylor said he met with residents to consider possible landscaping options for council property between the kerb and boundary to the Bunnings site.

“The things that we are looking at is rebating the (Bunnings) fence to reduce the visual element to the street,” he said.

“Mounding between the current trees may also act as a suitable buffer for the building.”

Mr Taylor also said that Council was looking at making changes to the development approval process which would allow residents to challenge similar proposals in the future.

“That would give residents the opportunity to object,” he said.

“When we have that, we should have tighter control.”

Council will now discuss the options with Bunnings landscape architects before plans are approved.

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