More co­conuts face chop

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

TREES at risk of fall­ing down and block­ing Ocean View Rd in Kil­laloe have been left even though coun­cil work­ers re­cently cut down palm trees for the same rea­son, res­i­dents claim.

Ridge Es­tate res­i­dent Jeff Coe has been left won­der­ing why coun­cil did not con­sult him and his neigh­bours about their con­cerns re­gard­ing dan­ger­ous trees on coun­cil land.

“With­out any prior warn­ing the coun­cil con­trac­tors took out nine palm trees - I know it’s on coun­cil re­serve and you got the right, but why take out palm trees and not the black wat­tles that drop,” he said.

“They are the more dan­ger­ous ones, they over­hang right across the road and cause the prob­lems.

“We’ve been here for 12 years and I’ve had to cut my way out five times and they were big trees - I carry chain­saw in the back of my ute all the time.”

A coun­cil spokesper­son said if any­one had con­cerns they could con­tact coun­cil and some­one would come and speak with them.

“We’re still wait­ing for the coun­cil to con­tact us back to dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tion about hav­ing no con­sul­ta­tion,” Mr Coe said.

“We also want to ask if they’re go­ing to take into ac­count the other trees that are dan­ger­ous and will fall with a gust of wind.”

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Not so tree-lined: Ocean View Drive

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