News

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



UPDATE: Woman remains in critical condition after crash

A woman is fighting for her life after the double crash. Photo: Trev The Towie.

VIDEO: A woman is fighting for life after an accident this morning

Police resolve Brassall 'siege' without incident

The man is now assisting police

Dad defends letting five year old do burnout

Five-year-old Riley Dobson has become a viral sensation after his dad Alex filmed him doing a burnout on their Thagoona property.

The single dad says he built the car with his son

Local Partners

Emily Blunt's (almost) singing career

Emily Blunt nearly became the British Britney Spears.

Angelina is blocking calls from Brad Pritt

Angelina Jolie has reportedly blocked Brad Pitt's number.

Apocalyptica 'seek and destroy' sceptics with 'master' set

Apocalyptica play Max Watts in Brisbane on their Shadowmaker Tour.

Review of final show of Apocalyptica's tour

Rebecca Hall doesn't own a TV

Newspapers, yes. Television, not so much

Jaime King 'terrified' by son's heart surgery

Jamie King was "terrified" when her son went in for heart surgery.

John Mayer's advice for Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes has revealed John Mayer gave him advice

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'