Need to meet with CRC
IN REGARDS to the article on March 8, “Coconut Chainsaw Massacre”, I feel compelled to write to you readership on behalf of the Douglas Shire Sustainability Group (DSSG).
Our association is very aware of the need for Cairns Regional Council to follow the existing coconut management plan that was established under the Douglas Shire Council.
The DSSG supports the existing coconut management plan, which provides for the selective removal of coconut palms to facilitate revegetation of our foreshores, but also acknowledges the visually aesthetic benefits of these palms to locals and tourists alike.
Simply put, it is about a sustainable balance and something that could have been so easily achieved, in this instance, with even minimal community consultation.
The DSSG is painfully aware of the lack of community consultation by the council on this and many other issues.
The DSSG has been seeking a meeting with council for the past four years in order to facilitate community engagement with the intention of producing a beach management plan. Such a plan is long overdue, as there are ongoing issues of erosion, coconut management, revegetation, illegal clearing and other illegal activities on all the beaches in the Douglas area.
The DSSG would like to take this opportunity to ask, once again, that council convene a public meeting or initiate community consultation to address a muchneeded Douglas Beach Management Plan.