Iconic trees butchered
AFTER watching contractors lop down branches of the trees lining Liston's main street, former Ergon Energy worker Bruce McLady is hoping local jobs aren't next in line to get the axe.
Mr McLady was appalled to see the liquid ambers butchered by Eastern Tree Services workers, contracted by Ergon Energy.
He said the workers from out of town failed to appreciate the significance the trees had to the area.
"This is why we need to keep our local Ergon depot," he said.
"These trees were planted when Gough Whitlam was in power, but these fellas didn't understand the local history."
The Liston resident implored the workers to put down their tools, but was asked to leave the work site as a matter of safety.
"I told them the trees would probably die now and they just scoffed at me," he said.
"To cut trees like that, that have been there for years and years and never created any problems is not in the community spirit.
"I just don't think it's good enough. There should be more consultation."
Mr McLady, who worked for Ergon for 26 years, said the trees posed no threat to nearby powerlines.
He said it was unlikely they would return to their former glory.
"We used to tip prune them, but these were old trees and there was no growth left in them," he said.
"I never would've dreamt of cutting a tree like that."
The move comes as Electrical Trades Union state secretary Peter Simpson urges communities to start a "regional revolt" against the Newman Government's proposed closure of more than 30 regional Ergon Energy depots, including Stanthorpe.
"We have received massive support from some of the affected communities," Mr Simpson said. "We will be calling on people to write to their local MP, attend a rally, sign a petition or write to their newspapers."