Safety con­cerns over ghost gum

‘Dan­ger­ous’ tree stays

Isis Town and Country - - Life -

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.”

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

BARK­ING MAD: The tree, close to the Me­mo­rial Hall at Ap­ple Tree Creek, has those us­ing the hall wor­ried.

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