POLL: Council seeks information about poisoned trees

Rosewood trees mystery

Howard Salkow

Senior Journalist

Email Howard
Like undecided Liked Like disabled
Dislike Dislike undecided Dislike disabled
Last updated:
In attempting to ensure the trees' survival, Council has been treating the roots and wounds. Image: Jereme Lane
Like undecided Liked Like disabled
Dislike undecided Disliked Dislike disabled

Douglas Shire Council today encouraged anyone with information about the poisoned Rosewood trees on Warner Street to advise Council.

Participate in POLL below. Newsport is asking its readers, should a reward be offered to increase the chance of information being provided?

This comes in the wake of Council, acting on the advice of arborist reports, removing eight Rosewood trees in mid-November following a toxicology report which confirmed a number of the iconic trees were poisoned.

In a statement to Newsport, Council said it had conducted a thorough investigation into the poisoning which looked into a number of possibilities within its powers.


(Only one vote per person collected)



“Unfortunately, while toxicology reports indicated the trees were poisoned, identifying the person/s responsible is extremely difficult.

“We continue to encourage anyone with information about the trees to contact Council on: [email protected] or call (07) 4099 9444.”

Council’s recent focus has been on ensuring the survival of the trees by completing the following work:

  • Removing deadwood;
  • Aerating soil and applying an anti-fungal;
  • Applying treatments of broad-spectrum fertilizer (Nitrophoska T.E);
  • Treating all wounds with insecticide and steri-prune; and
  • Cleaning old wounds and loose bark from base of trees up to 1.8m and treat, including treating damaged roots.


Thank you!

Newsport thanks its advertising partners for their support in the delivery of daily community news to the Douglas Shire. Public interest journalism is a fundamental part of every community.

Got a news tip? Let us know! Send your news tips or submit a letter to the editor here.

* Comments are the opinions of readers and do not represent the views of Newsport, its staff or affiliates. Reader comments on Newsport are moderated before publication to promote valuable, civil, and healthy community debate. Visit our comment guidelines if your comment has not been approved for publication.