Dangerous Falling Branches Cause Camper Complaints at Warrnambool Trailer Park | The standard


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Campers at Warrnambool’s Surfside Holiday Park have complained about a dangerous tree causing large branches to fall, potentially putting campers at risk. The campers, who did not wish to be named, were staying near the great Norfolk pine on January 1 when one of the upper branches snapped and fell halfway down the tree. Management was alerted to the incident, but no action was taken. A spokesperson for Warrnambool City Council, which manages the trailer park, said park management was “unable to confirm” that there was a loose branch at the time, and therefore no action was not taken. But one camper said the branch was clearly discernible. In the early hours of the next morning, January 2, five or six more large branches broke and fell through the tree. Fortunately, there were no people or vehicles under the tree at the time. Later in the morning of January 2, park management cordoned off the area using witch hats. “An arborist was present that day,” said the council spokesperson. “Their advice was that the loss of branches was likely due to recent dampness and that no immediate corrective action was required for the tree.” The board said management had offered campers relocation to other sites and even refunds. The arborist returned to the site on January 5 to clear the broken branches and test the safety of the remaining branches. Campers also complained that the caravan park, which has more than 1,000 pitches, does not have any facilities for caravans to dispose of their gray water. IN OTHER NEWS: Modern caravans generally have shower facilities, clothes and dishwashers, producing hundreds of gallons of gray water, which has led many caravan parks to install ‘drop-off points’. draining ”dedicated in recent years. The caravan parks managed by the Warrnambool City Council have not set up such sites despite their considerable size. A spokesperson for the council said there was “the possibility that a dedicated infrastructure will be put in place for gray water in the future, however, at this time if you choose to generate gray water it is up to you to manage and dispose of them appropriately. it has no impact on your fellow campers. “At least one group of campers had resorted to digging a hole in their campsite to remove gray water, creating a potential hazard. The spokesperson said Surfside had its own showers, laundry room and kitchen, suggesting that if campers were concerned about producing excess gray water, they could use the park’s facilities. More than 100 campsites have been vacated in recent days as campers have decided to cut short their stays to avoid a growing outbreak of COVID-19 at council’s trailer parks.There were 121 requests for reimbursement out of a total of about 2,400 bookings, the majority of which were from campers who decided to leave earlier than planned. Now just a tap on our new app: digital subscribers now have the ability to receive information faster, at their fingertips with The Standard: our journalists work ent hard to provide local and up-to-date information to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:

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