Safety concerns over ghost gum
‘Dangerous’ tree stays
MOTORISTS around the region have experienced minor delays along the Bruce Hwy in recent weeks, as works are carried out.
Noticeable work has been carried out in Apple Tree Creek with the removal of many ghost gum trees lining a stretch of the highway.
Apple Tree Creek Hall president Chris Cook said she was impressed with the development so far, but had some serious concerns with safety.
“My husband, Mike, and I informed council and brought to their attention our concerns with a large gum tree on the land next to the hall,” Mrs Cook said.
“Many of the trees around the hall have been removed, apart from the one we have concerns about.”
Two weeks ago a ghost gum came crashing down between the BP service station and the Starburst restaurant in Gin Gin, landing on powerlines. Nobody was injured. There had been no warning signs suggesting the tree would fall.
“It’s a matter of time before this tree comes crashing down,” Mrs Cook said.
“With the upgrade to the highway, getting access to the hall is getting more dangerous, many of our guests have had close calls with other motorists, especially trucks.”
Mrs Cook said she would like the developers to consider blocking the highway entry point to the hall and to improve the driveway on to the property from ATC Hall Road.
The hall’s carpark continues to flood during the wet season and it turns into a mud pit. Many guests have had their cars bogged in the soggy ground.
“It’s great to see this area be redesigned and made safer,” Mrs Cook said.
“I just hope our guests have a safer place to enter.”
BARKING MAD: The tree, close to the Memorial Hall at Apple Tree Creek, has those using the hall worried.