Octavia (front), Isidore and Asher King won’t be moved from their cubby, built on a green buffer next to their home, now planned for development. Picture: AAP/Richard Walker
Octavia (front), Isidore and Asher King won’t be moved from their cubby, built on a green buffer next to their home, now planned for development. Picture: AAP/Richard Walker

Treehouse eviction as Energex clears green corridor

THE King family of Greenslopes are refusing to surrender their castle - a three-storey treehouse - after being ordered out by Energex.

The treehouse was built on a small, triangular portion of the Greenslopes Energex depot in front of the main gate on Barnsdale Place, next to the Kings' home.

Mum Nicole King said the family built the treehouse and a drainage channel down the steeply sloped land three years ago after it sat dormant for 20 years.

It is part of a nature corridor planted by Energex as a buffer between homes and their depot.

However the land is now part of a controversial proposal for a three-storey office building put forward by Energex which will see 20 established trees cleared.

Mrs King said Energex contacted her in February about the treehouse and asked the family not to use the land and that they "did not want to see any kids in that cubby house".

She said they initially complied with the request but after being kept in the dark on Energex's plans to develop the office building next to their home, the family of eight children decided to continue using the land.

"My husband had a near-death experience about three years ago and he always wanted to build a treehouse. We've got eight kids, we've always been busy and he goes overseas for work and he thought, 'right I am going to build this treehouse while I'm recuperating'," Mrs King said.

Energex is looking to develop land in Greenslopes that has been used as green space, including the King family treehouse.
Energex is looking to develop land in Greenslopes that has been used as green space, including the King family treehouse.

The land has been part of the depot site since 1978.

An Energex spokesman said the treehouse was on Energex land and it presented a public safety issue.

"When we come to build it will become a hazard," he said.

"We don't want children playing there if and when things start to move there if we get approval to construct."

Mrs King said Energex had taken no interest in the small parcel of land since they bought their home 20 years ago.

"It is their land but we just assumed it was part of the nature strip," she said.

"We started taking care of it, put a treehouse in there and in February they said 'please don't use our land'.

"It's a steep, pointy piece of land which can't be developed."



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