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One thong tree torn down as part of Port redevelopment

By Lachlan Durling

PART of an unofficial icon of Echuca-Moama has been torn down to make way for redevelopment at riverboat dock.

Residents have been left reeling after a photo was posted online of the removal of one of the dead stumps which had mismatched thongs nailed to it.

It was removed to make way for additional landscaping as part of the second stage of the riverfront redevelopment project which includes the construction of footpaths and sealed roadways.

Started years ago by Murray River Houseboats employee Danny Simpson as a lost and found for solo thongs, the thong tree quickly took off as people began nailing their own footwear to the stump, some with messages on them.

The original thong tree still remains, however a secondary dead stump, with thongs nailed to it, has been removed.

The post on the Camping on the Mighty Murray Facebook page has attracted more than 550 reactions and 430 comments from concerned campers nationwide with one user commenting they commemorated a wedding anniversary by putting a thong on the stump.

Campaspe Shire Economic and community development general manager Keith Oberin said extensive community consultation had taken place as part of the planning process.

Photo: Campaspe Shire.

"The leaning secondary thong tree (right of the photo) has been removed to allow for construction of a walkway. The original thong tree trunk (left of photo below) remains," he said.

"Extensive community consultation took place as part of the development plan for the site over the past few years. Further consultation took place as part of the planning approval process."