Need to meet with CRC

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

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.

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