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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



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