WHAT'S ON IN GIN GIN

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DAM­AG­ING winds and rain whipped through Gin Gin last week bring­ing down dozens of gum trees.

Re­ports were made to the SES re­quest­ing as­sis­tance to re­move an up­rooted tree in the yard of a lo­cal res­i­dent.

The tree was se­verely dam­aged in the storm and was caught up in a clus­ter of 40ft-plus gumtrees.

Home­owner Mer­ri­lyn Lihn said she was wor­ried more wind could bring the tree down on to the house.

“I was told by the SES and Ru­ral Fire Brigade they don’t have the equip­ment and train­ing to safely re­move the tree,” Mrs Lihn said.

Gin Gin SES lo­cal con­troller Kel­lie Bol­stad said she sent qual­i­fied chain­saw oper­a­tors to as­sess the situation.

“The situation was be­yond the SES ca­pa­bil­i­ties and train­ing; I in­stantly con­tacted my col­leges in the Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice and briefed first of­fi­cer Lyn Byrne,” she said.

Mr Byrne said the situation re­quired heavy equip­ment such as a cherry picker.

Mrs Lihn has grave con­cerns for her safety and she is wor­ried the tree will come down on her home.

“I am on a pen­sion, and find­ing the money to pay pro­fes­sion­als wor­ries me greatly,” she said.

Storm sea­son con­tin­ues and the SES wants to re­mind res­i­dents to be mind­ful of large trees close to homes.

Mrs Bol­stad said it’s the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the home­owner to en­sure safety around their home and to re­move threat­en­ing trees.

Mer­ri­lyn Lihn I am on a pen­sion, and find­ing the money to pay pro­fes­sion­als wor­ries me greatly.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON BIT290316STORM

STORM DAM­AGE: The home­owner is wor­ried the tree will come down on her house.

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