Tweed couple Edwin and Linda Lonsdale with a tree through their front fence.
Tweed couple Edwin and Linda Lonsdale with a tree through their front fence.

Iconic trees fall

TERRANORA Road’s iconic twin conifers are no more after Wednesday night’s brutal winds uprooted one.

The massive trees at Banora Point were separated in the wild storm, with one still standing tall yesterday while its brother lay half on the road, crushing Edwin and Linda Lonsdale’s front fence.

"The tree has been here since the house was built in 1915," Mrs Lonsdale said.

"It was a land mark."

Mr and Mrs Lonsdale’s house, which is more than 90 years old, is also a landmark as it was originally a post office.

"Our worst fear was that the trees would fall on the house," Mrs Lonsdale said.

"We’re so lucky nobody got hurt.

"It just took out about 3m of our front fence."

The Lonsdales also had about 5m of their back fence knocked over by falling trees.

The winds were so noisy on Wednesday evening the couple did not even hear the tree fall.

"The winds just picked it up and tossed it onto the road.

"The first we knew it had fallen was when the SES was chopping it up to clear it off the road the next morning."

This was just one of the jobs which kept the Tweed SES busy over the past two days, local controller Brian Sheahan said.

"Between the Tweed Coast and Murwillumbah we attended more than 300 call outs," Mr Sheahan said.

"About 60 per cent of those involved falling trees and damage from the winds."



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