Today, when travelling along Mugga Way, Red Hill, I witnessed the sudden and unexpected fall of a very, very large branch from a eucalyptus tree. The branch was so large that it blocked both lanes of traffic and it required a chainsaw to cut and remove it.
Two travellng cars and a cyclist were within a ten metre vicinity of the branch drop; it was only sheer luck that no-one was hurt/killed.
Two points of interest that I noted about this event:
1. The extraordinary reaction of ACT commuters. Tradies caught up in the road block unpacked thier equipment and quickly and without fuss chain-sawed up the branch and removed it. Another group of tradies donned thier hi-vis vests and redirected traffic. Others comforted those who were shaken by their very close call. Passing school boys from CGS cleared the road of debris and carried branch parts out of the road. All up, the road was cleared within 25 minutes, well before the SES arrived on the scene.
2. The second point of interest, of which I have reflected on since the event, is the huge danger posed by very large eucalyptus trees in urban environments, particularly those close to roads. Only three weeks ago, a child in Queensland was killed in by a falling limb of a eucalyptus tree.
I commend the actions of all people who helped to solve a problem; it was lovely to witness and very praise-worthy. On the other hand, I question the incessant dogma that trees in Canberra can not be removed, even if they are indeed dangerous.