Fallen trees close part of Winton walking track

MARY WITSEY
Last updated 18:28 05/09/2014
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ROAD BLOCK: A walker surveys a section of the Winton Walk Track which has been closed after fallen trees created a safety issue.

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A section of the Winton walkway remains closed after trees fell on part of the track.

Several gum trees fell across the track at the back of Moores Reserve.

Winton Community Board chairman John McHugh said a decision was made to clear the whole area.

"We had an obligation for safety reasons to remove the trees in case someone was injured.

"That part of the track will now be closed for about three weeks, though we're fortunate that it's an add-on to the main walkway, so people will still be able to use the rest of it."

The trees were planted more than 20 years ago by the community board and the Winton Lions Club firewood committee, producing firewood to generate funds for community projects.

Funds from felling the remainder of the trees would offset the removal and clean-up cost, he said, with the area eventually being replanted.

"The Winton Rotary Club is ready to plant a large number of native trees and place some picnic tables in the area, so we'll still have a nice bush walk there," McHugh said.

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