Historic trees stand tall, despite Warrego roadworks

9th August 2017 3:00 PM
SAFE FROM ROADWORKS: One of the identified scarred trees on the western side of Dalby. SAFE FROM ROADWORKS: One of the identified scarred trees on the western side of Dalby. Contributed

TWO culturally and historically significant trees will be preserved during upcoming clearing works along the Warrego Highway on the western edge of Dalby.

Transport and Main Roads district director Dereck Sanderson said the trees, known as scarred trees, had been recognised as a remnant of traditional Aboriginal activities and would be protected during upcoming clearing works, despite being located within the Warrego Highway road corridor as part of the $59 million upgrade.

"The trees have been identified as being at least 50 years old and are clear evidence of Aboriginal occupation in what is now a very different residential and agricultural landscape,” Mr Sanderson said.

"The bark taken from the trees was a versatile material that could be used for a number of tasks including the construction of shelters and household items.

"Representatives from the traditional owners will monitor the site during works and our Senior Cultural Heritage Officer will be on-site when any tree clearing takes place to ensure that these culturally significant trees are not harmed,” he said.