Safety fears ‘gone crazy’ as plans to clear 'dancing trees'

Edwina Mullany will be sorry to see the trees lining the Rockhampton - Yeppoon road cut down. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Edwina Mullany will be sorry to see the trees lining the Rockhampton - Yeppoon road cut down. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

FOR 25 years Edwina Mullany has driven the Rockhampton-Yeppoon Rd and acknowledged the "dancing trees" at the half-way house.

She describes the two entwined gum trees as "iconic", but now those trees are in danger, along with all others along that road, from being cleared.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads has confirmed it is looking for a contractor to clear vegetation, fixed objects and hazards between Access 2 and Neils Rd.

Contractors will clear objects within 13 metres of the road centre line.

They expect the work to be completed by December.

Edwina believes we are being over regulated, and is concerned there is no mitigation in place to replant the trees elsewhere.

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"The safety aspect has gone too crazy," she said.

"Everything is in the name of safety, yet it's supposed to be a tourist road and it's really ugly without trees," she said.

She referred to tourist strips she's travelled in New Zealand where trees form a canopy over the roads.

"They've got the same safety concerns, but they look at the quality of life and at the aesthetic appreciation in the area," she said.

Edwina also said clearing a gap that wide across the road would impact on the natural habitat of animals like sugar gliders, who wouldn't be able to cross it.

She said the road corridor often contains the last remnants of the original flora and fauna because other areas are cleared for other purposes.

"(The trees) aren't just nothings on the side of the road," she said. "You acknowledge the landscape, it's not just something that zooms past every day, it's part of my life. There needs to be more thought put into it, and the effects of it."

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