Alleged clearing probe
STATE Government departments and Cairns Regional Council are expected to complete investigations into alleged illegal land clearing at Yule Point within weeks. Cairns Regional Council is investigating a series of tracks which were cleared through a council reserve towards the beach. The Department of Environment and Resource Management continues to investigate the matter and Fisheries Queensland is also undertaking investigations in relation to the alleged removal of marine plants which are protected under the Fisheries Act 1994. “Residents or developers must ensure they have the right approvals prior to undertaking works near tidal areas as the destruction, damage or disturbance of marine plants without prior approval from Fisheries Queensland is prohibited.” The agency said the person or persons responsible could be liable for a fine of up to $300,000.
PORT DOUGLAS & MOSSMAN GAZETTE, Thursday, August 19, 2010 -