Chain­saws chewed through co­conuts

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

ma­tion of com­mu­nity opin­ion - that stand of co­conuts were val­ued by the com­mu­nity for con­tribut­ing to trop­i­cal am­bi­ence of Port Dou­glas and is used for wed­dings and tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials which pro­mote the re­gion.”

Hor­tu­lus Australia owner John Sul­li­van, a mem­ber of coun­cil’s Ur­ban De­sign Ad­vi­sory Board, said it is un­nec­es­sary to re­move the trees to reveg­e­tate the beach and is con­cerned their re­moval could set a prece­dent.

“There’s a mas­sive area be­hind the co­conuts which is suit­able for reveg­e­ta­tion and be­sides the co­conut palms don’t pro­hibit the growth of na­tive species,” he said.

“The co­conut trees have ex­isted long be­fore any­one here was around with­out any prob­lems.

“Beach ero­sion is on the point, not where the co­conut palms are be­ing re­moved, it’s not a pri­or­ity area com­pared to other ar­eas such as the mas­sive ero­sion near Hel­met St which is more pop­u­lated and would cre­ate an even greater back­lash from res­i­dents.

“Coun­cil is set­ting a prece­dent by chop­ping them down, they are an iconic part of our land­scape and coun­cil is ba­si­cally say­ing we only need three rows of co­conuts along our en­tire coast­line.”

The con­trac­tors are ex­pected to plant the na­tive plants next week.

An ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem will be in­stalled to as­sist with the 3000 coast­line na­tive plants as part of the reveg­e­ta­tion pro­gram.

Sur­vivors: a string of co­conut trees on Four Mile Beach

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