COLERAINE’S Konongwootong Reservoir has been getting a heavy duty makeover despite the recent heat and a swarm of bees.
B&K Contractors have been removing the North American Radiata Pine trees from the reservoir’s bank and entrance.
The trees provided shelter for cockatoos that were glad to move onto the next tree, and nests of bees that were not so happy.
Wannon Water biodiversity and land management officer, Ash Burns said the trees were being removed for safety reasons, and would be replaced by native vegetation.
“Konongwootong Reservoir is surrounded by mature pine trees, most of which were planted during the 1920s,” he said.
“Some of these posed a safety risk to our employees and were removed last year.
“Wannon Water is now undertaking the next stage of work in the master plan for the removal of pine trees around the main public access areas.”
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.