Tramway road Conservation Area almost totally Destroyed.
Fourteen Years of volunteer work and thousands of dollars raised through independent grants has all but disappeared within 30 minutes last Thursday evening as winds estimated to be in excess of 130 km/h as well as a possible tornado has all but wiped out 40 to 60% of the Tramway Road Area.
This area critical for some of our most threatened animals including the recent Bandicoots, Powerful Owls, Wombats, Gliders etc has been decimated with at least 50 to 60% Canopy completely blown away and destroyed.
Preliminary assessments estimated at least 63 mature trees and 100s if not 1000s of planted species representing years of work and raising have disappeared under all the mature logs all lined up like fallen dominoes. MEEPPA will be calling upon all levels of Govt for assistance in rebuilding and revegetation.
None of the money came from ratepayers but this area will have to be rebuilt with immediate assistance to preserve what’s left.
PLEASE REFRAIN FROM ANY FURTHER FIREWOOD GATHERING OR ENTERING THE AREA AS HABITAT WILL BE NEEDED
AND REMAINING TREES ARE TO BE ASSESSED AND ‘WIDOW MAKERS ‘ REMOVED BEFORE IT IS SAFE TO WORK IN THE AREA
WE WILL NEED FALLEN TIMBERS TO ASSIST IN REBUILDING CRITICAL HABITATS ETC
As Clare Worsnop President of MEEPPA has stated: “… Nature’s fury at its worst but we just have to move on and unfortunately these storms may get worse …” citing Climate Change.