Mas­sive pile of de­bris to be set alight at Bucca

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WHAT used to be a nicely fenced pad­dock on a 2ha block now re­sem­bles a waste­land of dead and snapped trees.

Bucca cou­ple Wil­liam and Gwyn­neth Poul­ton have been left with a colos­sal pile of de­bris on their prop­erty af­ter last week’s wild weather event.

“It’s up to the switch­board, which is about 2-3m high,” Mrs Poul­ton said.

“We usu­ally have a bit to clean-up af­ter a weather event, but not even 2013 was as bad as this – there is some big tim­ber.

“We don’t know what’s un­der there, there was a dead cow, but that’s gone now. We still haven’t got to our pump and we’ve tied ropes to our waist to try and find it but it’s too deep still.”

The cou­ple con­tacted the fire war­den for a per­mit and in­tend to burn the pile when it’s dried out and they’ve man­aged to clear the switch­board.

“At the mo­ment we can’t clear an area around the switch­board be­cause the trac­tor will get bogged,” she said.

“The year be­fore last we had a burn-off for the 2013 floods and we had all the chairs down there and made a night of it.

“We had din­ner and watched the fire, with chairs mov­ing closer as it burnt down.”

To con­tact Queens­land Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice – Ru­ral Op­er­a­tions, phone 4153 3244 or 0429 349 974.


DE­BRIS: Wil­liam Poul­ton among the mas­sive pile of de­bris on his prop­erty.

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