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Poisoned tree clings to life
A FINE of up to $120,000
faces the person, or group,
responsible for poisoning
a large and historic More-
ton Bay fig tree in Wil-
laston, as Gawler Council
continues its attempts to
As The Bunyip report-
ed last week, residents
of Colville Drive were
shocked and saddened to
learn the tree, located in
a quiet reserve, had been
poisoned and now faced
the possibility of being
On Tuesday, Gawler
Council confirmed the tree
had showed signs of tam-
pering and poisoning, as
of late November, but that
it was making attempts to
save it on the advice of an
"The marks on the tree
are suspected drill holes
filled with chemicals,
which council is current-
ly further investigating,"
Gawler Mayor Karen Red-
"Following advice pro-
vided, council staff have
been thoroughly watering
around the tree in an at-
tempt to flush through any
poisons or chemicals that
may have been adminis-
"It is hoped that these
treatment measures work
so that the tree can contin-
ue to make an important
contribution to the char-
acter and amenity for the
local area and community
well into the future."
Under provisions of the
Development Act 1993, it
is an offence to perform
any damaging activity to
a significant tree, such as
the Willaston Moreton Bay
fig, without having first
obtained council approval.
Anyone who "causes,
suffers or permits" the
damaging activity faces
fines of up to $120,000.
If you have any informa-
tion, or witnessed any dam-
aging activities, regarding
the tree, please report it to
THE Women's Santos Tour Down Under
is set to get under way tomorrow, with the
race scheduled to hit the southern Barossa
Valley region on Friday.
Stage two will start in Lyndoch at 10.30am
and finish at Mengler's Hill, which will be
the first hilltop finish in the history of the
Santos Women's Tour Down Under.
Meanwhile, the men's race will reach
the Barossa midway through stage one on
Tuesday, after riders begin their day in Port
Adelaide, travelling through One Tree Hill,
Williamstown, Sandy Creek and Cockatoo
Valley, before finishing in Lyndoch.
Retiring South Australian champion Car-
lee Taylor said she's excited for the women's
event, and the challenge of the Mengler's
"I'm looking forward to it, it's always pret-
ty special to get to race a home-town race,"
"This year being my last big race of my
career, really, I just want to enjoy the expe-
"Last year, I raced the TDU there and the
first year when we raced up Mengler's Hill, I
raced there, it's always quite hard."
Despite entering the twilight of her career,
Taylor has still been training hard in prepara-
tion for this year's TDU.
"I've being doing a lot of training that has
worked well for me in the past...threshold
and hill efforts-type work; I've been working
with my old coach, Greg Henderson," she
"When he was my coach, that's who I got
all my results with; I respond well to his ef-
The Holden Team Gusto Racing member
said that while the Barossa is difficult to race
in, she admires its beauty.
"The roads are hard to race on, they're a
little bit dead," she said.
"They make you feel like you're not doing
that great because you're not going fast.
"There's no buildings that protect you from
the wind, because it's usually hot and windy.
"It's also such a nice place in South Aus-
tralia to ride, when you have the vineyards in
"The riding that we have here (in South
Australia) is pretty amazing, and the Barossa
is one of those awesome places."
In the men's race, Evanston Park cycling
star Miles Scotson will represent the BMC
Racing Team alongside Richie Porte and Si-
Meanwhile, his brother, Callum, won the
under 23s national time trial for the third
year running at the Australian Road Cycling
Championships in Buninyong, Victoria, on
Retiring South Australian
champion Carlee Taylor is
prepared for the Mengler's Hill
finish in stage two of the Santos
Women's Tour Down Under.
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