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Resident says tree removal is an outrage

NOT HAPPY: Larry McArthur thinks it's an outrage that these trees are being investigated to be cleared.
NOT HAPPY: Larry McArthur thinks it's an outrage that these trees are being investigated to be cleared. Louise Cheer

IT'S a tree change Goomeri residents are not happy about.

One kilometre north of Goomeri, 24 trees along the Burnett Hwy have been marked to be investigated to see if they need to be cut down.

Larry McArthur, whose property sits on the stretch of road where the trees are located, said cutting them down would be a "bloody outrage" and made no sense at all.

"I'm not a greenie but I'm upset (the Department of Transport and Main Roads) are considering taking out these trees and I'm not the only one," he said. "There are koalas, parrots, budgies and other birds who live in these trees.

"And you'd be surprised by the number of people who pull over to have breakfast or a cup of tea under the shade of these trees."

Mr McArthur said some of the trees had been there for about 100 years.

"There are a couple of bottlebrush trees, silver bark trees, iron bark trees, blue gums and elm trees," he said. "And I don't know why (the department) is considering taking so many of them out.

"I know they're putting down a drain on the other side (of the road), that I understand.

"But why are they thinking of pulling down trees on this side?

"It's unnecessary and just doesn't make any sense."

But a department spokesman said the trees posed a potential road hazard for motorists.

"Roadside areas should be kept free of obstructions to allow vehicles to stop or correct without causing significant damage or injury to the vehicle or occupants," he said.

"A detailed engineering and environmental assessment will now be conducted on the identified trees.

"Fauna spotters will monitor and provide recommendations before and during any clearing activities."

But Mr McArthur said the trees didn't pose a hazard as they were metres from the road.

"Light poles are closer to the road than these trees and there are trees further down the road that are closer to the road and haven't been marked at all.

"I've been here for 30 years and there's been only one accident, which happened about 12 months ago," he said.

"If they can't drive on this road safely then they shouldn't be driving at all."

South Burnett

Topics:  goomeri, tree



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