May 13, 2020
Luckily no one was injured when a large tree fell suddenly in Murgon’s main street on Monday afternoon.
The tree, in QEII Park opposite Betta Home Living, snapped and fell about 4:00pm.
“Thankfully no one was sitting underneath it. It could have been very dangerous,” local businessman Leo Geraghty told southburnett.com.au
Mr Geraghty said the tree was old and had rotted away.
Fortunately, there were also no pedestrians nearby and no parked vehicles were damaged.
Council workers responded quickly to clear away the debris.
Three other trees nearby have now been assessed by Council as being in need of removal.
Cr Kathy Duff told the Murgon Business and Development Association these remaining trees would be removed on Sunday (May 17).
Work is due to start at 7:00am and westbound traffic in Lamb Street will be detoured for 1-2 hours.
“It was fortunate that no one was hurt and that there wasn’t any damage to anyone’s property,” Cr Duff told the MBDA.
“There will be three trees removed on Sunday that have been identified as unhealthy.
“The trees are very old and obviously there is a lot of history and sentiment around them and some are Heritage-listed.
“We will work towards a tree replacement program as we move forward.”