OUR TOWN: Cr Paul Tully and Cr Nicole Jonic admire a 90-year-old Jacaranda at Brisbane Terrace Goodna.
GOODNA’S historic Jacaranda trees on Brisbane Terrace which were planted 90 years ago will be recognised with a heritage plaque.
They were first planted by work gangs during the Great Depression in 1932 when it was the main road from Brisbane to Ipswich and Toowoomba.
Ipswich City Council will erect the plaque in October near the Frank McGreevy Centre.
Cr Paul Tully said only eight of the original Jacarandas remain having survived the floods of 1955, 1974 and 2011.
“Fortunately, this year’s flood came within a few metres of the trees on Brisbane Terrace.
“Goodna and Grafton host the only Jacaranda Festivals in Australia and ours attract hundreds of tourists each year to view and photograph them,” he said.
Cr Nicole Jonic who has lived on Brisbane Terrace for 10 years described the Jacarandas as one of the most-magnificent species in the Ipswich area.
“Council is planting more Jacarandas around this precinct to ensure a colourful welcome to Goodna.
“The annual purple hue around Goodna is a permanent tribute to the workers in the Great Depression whose efforts continue to bring colourful life to our suburb every year,” she said.