Stop gap measure won't solve Girraween tree dieback: Locals directed to call transport info line about dead trees

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Environment Minister Robyn Parker has failed to provide Girraween residents with the real reason behind hundreds of trees dying in the area – and is proposing a $200,000 stop gap measure to remove the trees instead of getting to the bottom of the problem.

"For months now, Nathan Rees and I have been trying to get an answer from Robyn Parker about what has been poisoning hundreds of trees in Girraween," Shadow Environment Minister, Luke Foley said.

"The Minister has been unable to reach any conclusion, despite many samples being taken and months of investigation.

"Now, instead of finding out the source of the poison in Girraween, the Minister is proposing to spend $200,000 removing around 100 trees suffering from dieback.

"We don’t need an attempt to distract from the fact the Government is yet to confirm the source of the poisoning. Simply removing the dead trees won't solve the problem."

Local Member, Nathan Rees called on the Minister to find out who was responsible for the dieback in Girraween.

"Instead of forking out $200,000 of taxpayer funds to remove the dead trees, the company responsible for the poisoning should be prosecuted and forced to pay for their removal," Mr Rees said.

"The company to blame for the dieback should also be forced to replace the trees for the local community.

"The Minister needs to assure the Girraween community that the trees will actually be replaced. It’s not the job of the Environment Minister to further denude a suburb.

"In a final insult, the Minister’s press release directs local residents concerned about the dieback of trees to call 131 500 – the Transport Info Line.

"For those with concerns, the Environment Line number is actually 131 555.

"Clearly this is a Minister out of her depth. The people of Girraween deserve better."