20 October 2016
A bougainvillea growing along a section of Redbank Plains Road will live on with Ipswich City Council collecting cuttings for residents.
More than 150 cuttings from the purple-flowering plant will be cultivated in growing tubes before being made available to the public in the first quarter of next year.
Division 9 Councillor Sheila Ireland said the bougainvillea near Glen Noble Avenue would soon be removed as part of the $7.6 million stage two upgrade of Redbank Plains Road.
“We understand the community’s connection to this plant, thousands of motorists pass it each and every day and it has become a symbol of the suburb,” she said.
“The cuttings will be available at one of council’s future mobile nursery events, allowing residents to plant their very own piece of this Ipswich icon.
“Unfortunately the bougainvillea will need to be removed in order to complete the planned upgrade of Redbank Plains road between Cedar and School roads.
“Widening another section of Redbank Plains Road from two to four lanes will benefit the entire Ipswich community and is essential infrastructure for a growing population.”
Phil Galloway, who lives in one of the houses behind the bougainvillea, said the move showed council was committed to progress with preservation.
“It’s going to be good to see the bougainvillea survive for future generations, people who have been in the area for many years really identify with it,” he said.
“At the end of the day it’s progress – you can’t fight it and we need a new road because the current one can’t deal with the volume of traffic that we’re seeing these days.”
More information on the bougainvillea cuttings will be available in coming months.