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Marcia uprooted trees, exposed unearthed landfill rubbish

Australian Army Corporal Jaik Weston operating a chainsaw to clear and remove debris at the Kershaw Botanic Gardens as part of the Engineer Support Group. *** Local Caption *** Teams of chainsaw operators from the Australian Army s Engineer Support Group (ESG) are continuing to make major inroads as part of the clean up effort in the wake of Cyclone Marcia. On 3d March 2015, a section of troops from the 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment (3 CER) descended on Rockhampton s Kershaw Gardens, to clear access paths and remove a significant number of fallen trees. The ESG has surged to almost 200 soldiers so it can further assist State Emergency Service personnel, local contractors and members of the community restore Rockhampton, Yeppoon and Byfield regions.
Australian Army Corporal Jaik Weston operating a chainsaw to clear and remove debris at the Kershaw Botanic Gardens as part of the Engineer Support Group. *** Local Caption *** Teams of chainsaw operators from the Australian Army s Engineer Support Group (ESG) are continuing to make major inroads as part of the clean up effort in the wake of Cyclone Marcia. On 3d March 2015, a section of troops from the 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment (3 CER) descended on Rockhampton s Kershaw Gardens, to clear access paths and remove a significant number of fallen trees. The ESG has surged to almost 200 soldiers so it can further assist State Emergency Service personnel, local contractors and members of the community restore Rockhampton, Yeppoon and Byfield regions. SGT Mick Davis

KERSHAW Gardens is closed following damage sustained during Cyclone Marcia with no current date of re-opening.

Rockhampton councillor Cherie Rutherford, Mayor Margaret Strelow and CEO Evan Pardon spoke to media today on the current status of the park.

Cr Rutherford said the trees uprooted by the cyclone had unearthed rubbish that belonged to the landfill the park was built over.

The council members wanted to remind the community to stay off the premises until the issues had been resolved and the park reopened.

"It caused much more damage than we anticipated…we need to get the message out to please stay out," Cr Rutherford said.

"There's a lot of broken glass. There's syringes popping up, it's just dangerous to be here at the point in time."

Topics:  cyclone marcia kershaw gardens rockhampton regional council



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