WHAT'S ON IN GIN GIN
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.
STORM DAMAGE: The homeowner is worried the tree will come down on her house.