Stay of ex­e­cu­tion for co­conut trees

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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