Pinjarra Murray Times - - OPINION -

ON Wed­nes­day, April 18, Man­durah coun­cil work­ers dam­aged na­tive plants on Linville Re­serve, Fal­con.

The work­ers cut xan­th­or­rhoea plants in half, claim­ing they were caus­ing a prob­lem to pedes­tri­ans us­ing a path.

The plants were not caus­ing any prob­lems to peo­ple us­ing the path and were hacked in half by coun­cil work­ers who don't know any­thing about plants.

The work­ers have also cleared 90 per cent of na­tive plants in an area op­po­site the Linville Re­serve and all the na­tive birds and wildlife that lived there have now gone.

This area of bush­land used to be home to two pairs of red tail black cock­a­toos as well as nu­mer­ous honey eaters, small par­rots and car­ra­wongs.

The coun­cil also cleared vast ar­eas of na­tive trees and plants along Old Coast Road and at the in­ter­sec­tion of Old Coast Road and Pinjarra Road, Man­durah.

Man­durah coun­cil work­ers should not be dam­ag­ing the plants.

The City of Man­durah told me it takes great care of the na­tive flora and don't like chil­dren and lo­cal res­i­dents break­ing off hand­fuls of xan­th­or­rhoea leaves.

Yet their own work­ers did more dam­age to the xan­th­or­rhoea pop­u­la­tion in one morn­ing than all the lo­cal kids in the two years I have lived here. ROD LAU­RIE, Fal­con

Ed­i­tor’s note: The City of Man­durah says it works hard to main­tain parks and re­serves for the ben­e­fit, safety and en­joy­ment of the com­mu­nity.

Prun­ing works were un­der­taken at Linville re­serve to pro­vide a safe clear­ance for pedes­tri­ans.

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