16 June 2023

George Bass Drive to close for five days as 'tree trimming' program gets underway

| Claire Sams
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A part of George Bass Drive will be closed for five days. Photo: Region.

A section of George Bass Drive between Broulee and Moruya will be closed for five days to allow access for Eurobodalla Shire Council workers.

The works are expected to take place from 19 to 23 June and detours will be in place, weather permitting.

The road will be closed between Broulee Road and Donnelly Drive between 7 am and 5 pm, so Eurobodalla Shire Council can carry out tree maintenance.

“Branches hanging over the road will be removed and trees leaning over the road will be assessed and removed if hazardous,” a spokesperson for the council said.

“The work is being carried out to minimise the risk of trees and branches falling on the road, blocking access for residents, tourists and emergency services.”

A member of community group Coastwatchers told About Regional the group was initially worried when the works were announced.

“These are some really old trees,” they said.

“A hollow takes around 150 years to develop, so they’re really not in huge abundance with land being cleared for things like residential areas or fire management, depending on the circumstances.

“We don’t want to see them damaged.”

A variety of species, such as Gang-gang cockatoos and Glossy cockatoos, use hollows for activities including sheltering and breeding.

However, after speaking with council before the works began, the spokesperson said they were satisfied with council’s decision.

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“We’re less worried now we’ve had that conversation.

“No trees will be removed unless it’s absolutely necessary, and we’ve been told the works are being done to prevent danger, such as by a branch falling.

“We’re much more comfortable with the news, from an environmental perspective.”

According to council’s website, vehicles will be unable to pass through the section of the road during work hours.

Additionally, access to the Princes Highway from north of the closure will need to be done via Broulee Road, while those approaching the closure from the south will need to use North Head Drive.

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Those looking to access Moruya Airport and properties located nearby will have to use North Head Drive.

“All work will be done within the road reserve only,” the Eurobodalla Shire Council spokesperson said.

“If any tree hollows are removed, they will be relocated and nesting boxes provided.”

Further information on council’s roadworks can be found via its website.

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