Rural towns are often shaped by their quirks and unique landmarks.
Tumbarumba’s Dog Tree Road has become one such icon, according to local resident Billie-Jo Brown.
While the reason for the name may shock some readers, Ms Brown said the reality of its heritage were part of everyday life for many small-time farming communities.
The road was named after the town’s Dog Tree; used to hang wild dogs threatening farmers’ livestock.
A supervisor of the state’s Forestry Corporation hardwood forests division, Ms Brown said the concept began as a means of communication between land owners.
“(The hanging of dogs or foxes on trees and fences) started historically as a bush telegraph,” Ms Brown said.
“They would alert farmers that either wild dogs were present and growing in number, or that a specific dog … attacking and killing livestock had been caught.”
She said the tree could be confronting for some visitors, but added most people understood pest-control processes were a means of protecting native animals, livestock and even people.
“The original tree (which burned down) was established by a local farmer,” Ms Brown said. “It soon became an icon … and the road was renamed accordingly.”