Chan family tree falls after large wind gust

THE Chan family memorial tree at the Golden Dragon Museum will be replaced after strong wind gusts knocked it over. 

Museum officer Ben Langan said the six-metre pine tree stood in the Dai Gun San precinct and he heard it fall over about 1.30pm yesterday. 

"I heard a bit of a thump and looked outside, and it had fallen over," he said. 

"No one saw it happen but it would have been uncomfortable if it had hit someone."

Mr Langan said the handrail out the front of the museum prevented the tree from damaging the museum door.   

He said the tree was one of about a dozen memorial trees which were planted in recognition of local Chinese families. 

Mr Langan said the pine tree was about three years old and would be replaced. 

He said he contacted the City of Greater Bendigo to remove the tree and said he was impressed with how quickly they responded.  

Meanwhile, the Bendigo State Emergency Service responded to a fallen tree on the Midland Highway near Goornong yesterday.  

Bendigo SES media liaison officer Daniel Reader said no one was injured in the incident. 

Marong SES was called to a tree down in Maiden Gully about 7.30am yesterday.

Marong SES media liaison officer Greg Cheyne said the tree had blocked the road and was a traffic hazard. 

"We spent a good two hours cutting up the tree," he said. 

"It was only on a dirt road but it was a big tree."

No one was injured in the incident. 

City of Greater Bendigo arboriculture team leader Adrian Ryan said his crews had been busy tending to storm damage. 

"At the moment, with the windy weather the crews have been largely chasing storm damage, so just general branches dropping," he said. 

"There have been a number of trees that have fallen in rural locations but that sort of thing is not abnormal.

"Particularly this time of the year in summer, we tend to get a lot more." 

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