Chainsaws chewed through coconuts
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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