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05 October 2011

Goodna Jacarandas are blooming



Councillor Paul Tully stands next to one of the 20 new jacaranda trees that have been planted in Goodna.


DOUBTS abounded that Goodna's famous jacarandas would endure the floods but now hopes are high for a purple haze all around.

When water rampaged across Evan Marginson Park in January, many thought the old jacaranda trees would join the list of casualties.

But while the newer trees were destroyed, the well-established trees survived and are now thriving, almost as if nothing happened.

"The jacarandas on Brisbane Terrace were planted in 1932 by work gangs in the Great Depression and they survived," Cr Paul Tully said.

"The ones opposite the RSL on Woogaroo St died in the floods because they were only about 15 years old so they had to be replaced.

"We don't know why they died because the old ones didn't."

He said a thick layer of sludge left behind around the trees after the floods receded was a possible cause of the trees' death.

"The ones that have been replanted are mature trees. There are about 20 of them," he said.

"The trees will be floodlit at night. That has been a wonderful sight when we've done it in the past."

The Goodna councillor said because the new jacarandas were mature specimens they should thrive at their new location.

Cr Tully said the main avenue of jacaranda trees on Brisbane Tce was just starting to bloom and he expected Goodna's Jacaranda Festival at the end of October to be one of the best yet.

The flowering of the jacarandas will be a welcome sight for the flood-hit people of Goodna, especially with the Jacaranda Festival on soon.

With many Goodna people still getting back on their feet the festival will be as much a commemoration as a celebration."The flowers are starting to poke out of the younger ones and aren't too far away in the 1932 ones," Cr Tully said.

At the end of August, the trees were stripped of their new foliage, further raising concerns the festival would be flowerless.

FESTIVAL FUN

The 2011 Jacaranda Festival will be held at Evan Marginson Park, Goodna, from October 28 to 30.

This year's Jacaranda Festival will feature the Goodna RSL Services Club Car Show with more than $7000 of cash and prizes up for grabs.

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