Future for Goodna's Oldest Tree Secured

7th of November 2014

Future for Goodna's Oldest Tree Secured

The future of an historic gum topped box tree in Goodna has been secured by a decision to list it in the Ipswich Planning Scheme.

Planning and Development Committee Chair, Councillor Paul Tully praised the decision to protect this iconic piece of history.

"This tree is 385 years old, predates Ipswich and is one of the oldest in the city," Cr Tully said.

"To put this in perspective, when Captain Cook sailed up the east coast of Australia in 1770 this tree, 40km inland from Moreton Bay, was already 142 years old."

"It's incredible that a tree which predates the American and French revolutions by 150 years is still part of Goodna's history."

"It has survived the known floods of 1893, 1974 and 2011 and testing shows it is strong and healthy."

"It even survived a neighbouring sawmill for close to a century."

Reflecting the tree's significant heritage values and prominence in the area, at a recent meeting of Council it was resolved to list the eucalypt as a Character Place, providing it with an additional level of protection.

The decision follows a highly specialised scientific study commissioned by Council that dates the origin of the tree to approximately 1628.

"Ten thousand motorists a day pass this tree not realising it was around when the famous astronomer Galileo was alive in Italy discovering the universe," Cr Tully said.

"Now home to lorikeets and cockatoos and a swarm of bees living in one of the hollows, this wonderful tree will be part of the Goodna community for many years to come."