Stay of execution for coconut trees
UP TO 50 coconut trees growing on land adjacent to Four Mile Park that were facing the chop this week as part of the Cairns Regional Council revegetation program have been allowed to stay - for the moment.
Owing to the weather, it is too wet to get machinery and men in to do the work safely and residents in the immediate area of the proposed works will soon be told by an officer from the council when they will start.
Council’s regional manager Liz Collyer said the trees, set back from the beach, need to be removed to preserve the environment.
“The trees will be removed on an area of dunes where the present number of coconut trees on the space, prohibit any other plantings to survive or thrive,” Ms Collyer said.
“The revegetation of the area, which is public land, will have more than 3000 new plants planted in the area where the coconuts are presently located.
“It is vital this revegetation work happens to combat against sand erosion of the beach area.
“Council will be leaving the first three rows of coconut trees along the beach and foreshore border to retain the tropical feel of the landscape.”
Council’s revegetation team from Douglas will begin the plantings as soon as the weather permits and once the nominated trees have been removed.