New home for fragrant frangipanis

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One of Broome’s most stunning destinations has been embellished with tropical plants that have finally found a new home.

A total of 24 frangipani trees were replanted near Cable Beach last week after being removed by the Shire of Broome more than two years ago.

The decision was made to clear the trees from Frederick Street, opposite Broome Senior High School, to allow for storm water drainage to be moved underground.

They were stored and cared for at the rear of Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre, before being replanted on Cable Beach Road and Sanctuary Road last Monday.

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The mature trees are part of the Shire’s ongoing beautification work, which also includes new footpaths, seating, street lighting, retaining walls and garden beds.

Shire of Broome infrastructure director Steven Harding said it was an obvious decision to keep the trees alive.

“These are healthy, mature trees,” he said. “Considerable work was done to prepare them for removal, including pruning, then making the cuttings available to the community, which proved very popular.”

Mr Harding said the iconic beach was the perfect place for the colourful plants. “Cable Beach is a world-renowned destination,” he said.

“The trees will add to its appeal for our community and for visitors to Broome.

“We looked for a location where they could be used to best effect and where most of the trees could be located together to create an attractive avenue.”

Seven more of the tropical trees are still being stored before being used elsewhere.

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