News

Protester digs in to stop the chop

Lynne Hargreaves chains herself to a tree in Currumbin to stop council workers chopping it down.
Lynne Hargreaves chains herself to a tree in Currumbin to stop council workers chopping it down. John Gass

ANOTHER night chained to a Camphor Laurel has not reduced one protester's determination to save the 80-year-old tree.

Lynne Hargreaves said she was tired after only sleeping for about five hours for the last two days with supporters visiting the Thrower Dr site at all hours of the night.

"Don't look at me as a single person, look at me as the face of more than 400 people who have signed the petition," Ms Hargreaves said.

"We just want out voices to be heard.

"Why wasn't there a public notice put up that showed the plan?"

Ms Hargreaves said she first heard about the plan to remove the trees that boarded the southern bank of Currumbin Creek on Tuesday to make way for a boardwalk development.

She decided to chain herself to the tree on Monday after learning that the Gold Coast City Council was moving in to remove the trees.

The protest stopped council workers from removing trees on Monday, but today the council had fenced off the protest areas and started the tree-removal project in other areas.

On Monday, Division 14 councillor Chris Robbins said the removal of the trees was necessary to continue the Currumbin Creek Corridor Recreation Master Plan.

"It provides a strategic link to future foreshores on both sides of Thrower Dr, which is part of the Currumbin Creek Corridor Recreation Master Plan," Cr Robbins said.

"More people will be encouraged to enjoy walking and cycling along the estuary foreshore."

A council spokeswoman said workers had stared removing trees around the protest site, but the council had not called police to remove the protester.

Judith Askew from Currumbin said she supported Ms Hargreaves' protest.

"Why can't they just install a button and lights for children and people to cross the road," Ms Askew said.

"I feel sorry for her because the police will come in and remove her."

Ms Askew said she thought the protest would not work and the trees will be removed.

Topics:  gold coast city council



8 things you didn't know you could do at North Straddie

NORTH Stradbroke Island is the perfect getaway whether you plan to stay for a day, a week or even a month.

A whisky-lover's blurprint to Brisbane's best bars

Check out The Gresham for some old-school fine drops.

SCOTCH, Whiskey and Whisky; it all gets a bit confusing.

Your guide to the best Brisbane markets

Enjoy the beautiful offerings of one of Brisbane's many markets.

WHO doesn’t love a good market!?

Ain’t no mountain high enough

No Caption

Brisbane's dishing up the mountain-hiking goods!

Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

The Gresham's charm will win you over before your first sip.

THESE are the perfect places to hang this winter.

Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art always has a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition on show for the whole family to enjoy.

YOU'D be mistaken in thinking Brisbane wasn't an arty city.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

'We'll hunt down Tweed bikie brawl thugs'

A bikie brawl erupted on the Tweed on Wednesday night.

“Bikies think they own turf ... but we won't tolerate turf wars.”

Schapelle Corby in hospital with broken bones

Schapelle Corby

It is not known what hospital she is in or how she broke her leg.

Nature: the best learning tool

Learning by doing makes for the best outcomes as part of the  new Nature Explorers program at Pottsville Community Pre-school.

NATURE EXPLORERS Igniting Learning Naturally

Local Partners

Rapper accidentally drops Banksy's real name in interview

THE shine might just have been taken off bling-toothed British rapper Goldie after he appeared to have revealed the identity of mysterious artist Banksy.

Mariah Carey slammed for on-set antics

Mariah Carey’s cameo in the movie The House was reportedly scrapped.

Actor spills the beans on Mariah’s “borderline abusive” behaviour.

Celebrity chef Darren Simpson dead after long illness

Celebrity chef Darren Simpson has died.

Celebrity chef died after battle with an alcohol-related illness

Ellen shames audience member

Ellen shamed an audience member who stole from her gift shop.

TALK show host catches audience member stealing from her gift shop.

Millionaire’s riches to rags experiment

Businessman Tim Guest swapped his comfortable lifestyle for 10 days to experience what it is like to be homeless.

Businessman discovers harsh realities of homelessness in new series.

Prince Harry says young royals don't want to take the throne

Britain's Prince Harry.

Prince Harry says young royals don't want to take the throne

Rebel Wilson to give away her defamation payout

Actor Wilson says she won't keep a cent of her defamation payout

Residents powerless to stop Airbnb ‘party houses’

A photo of a bucks party at a short-term rental in the Watergate Apartments in Melbourne’s Docklands, presented to a Victorian parliamentary committee into changes to laws governing short-stay accommodation.

Residents band together to fight the rise of AirBnB 'party houses'

Mining giants in fight that could spell disaster for NQ town

STAND OFF: There are perfectly good homes for workers, but mining company QCoal could be forced to build a camp and the deserted streets and empty houses of Glenden would remain.

How two mining companies could ruin this small town

Home owners settling to make way for Mackay Ring Road

The Clarkson family's home was moved just down the road from their former land at Stotts Road, Te Kowai, which was resumed by TMR.

But some are still clinging on, fighting for a better deal

Three historic M'boro hotels on the market

The Lamington Hotel Motel, Maryborough. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Three historic Maryborough hotels are on the market.

Renters warned about online real estate scam

The scam ad for a property for rent in Albert Park.

Australian renters have been warned about an elaborate scam

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!