Remove the stinko ginkgo

LETTER

Last time I contacted the council, I was assured the large ginkgo tree on the corner of Fitzherbert St and Ormond Rd would be removed before another fruiting season, when it would otherwise once again be a menace to pedestrians and cyclists at this busy intersection. Cyclists are also known to swerve out erratically down Ormond Road to avoid fruit from ginkgo trees on the road verge.

Mature female ginkgo trees produce yellow, plum-sized soft fruit in late autumn which splatter around the tree. Unfortunately this over-ripe fruit has a most unpleasant odour which is best described as dog poo smell (apologies to my dog-loving friends).

In previous years after my complaints, the council gardener would do a daily sweep. I have seen customers of the farmers’ market walk out on the road to avoid stepping in the squishy mess.

Is this tree now the problem of the building owner or the council as reserve owner?

Isn’t it time someone took responsibility for this traffic safety hazard, and removed the offending tree . . . before the next fruit-bearing season please!

Margaret Thorpe

Last time I contacted the council, I was assured the large ginkgo tree on the corner of Fitzherbert St and Ormond Rd would be removed before another fruiting season, when it would otherwise once again be a menace to pedestrians and cyclists at this busy intersection. Cyclists are also known to swerve out erratically down Ormond Road to avoid fruit from ginkgo trees on the road verge.

Mature female ginkgo trees produce yellow, plum-sized soft fruit in late autumn which splatter around the tree. Unfortunately this over-ripe fruit has a most unpleasant odour which is best described as dog poo smell (apologies to my dog-loving friends).

In previous years after my complaints, the council gardener would do a daily sweep. I have seen customers of the farmers’ market walk out on the road to avoid stepping in the squishy mess.

Is this tree now the problem of the building owner or the council as reserve owner?

Isn’t it time someone took responsibility for this traffic safety hazard, and removed the offending tree . . . before the next fruit-bearing season please!

Margaret Thorpe

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Michael Sunderland, Brisbane - 8 months ago
How about removing the ginkgo trees on Ormond Rd between the Balance Street Village and Wi Pere Street at the same time.

John Fricker - 8 months ago
What a sexist remark. I'm sure these females wouldn't smell half as bad if they hadn't been messing around with those awful males.

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