CAIRNS Regional Council has missed the point of what has upset many people in the debate over the removal of almost 50 coconut palms from Four Mile Beach.
There is little doubt council went into the exercise with the right intention to revegetate an area that certainly required attention.
But the refusal to acknowledge even after the coconut stumps are staring up out of the ground that council could have quite easily retained three rows of trees as part of the revegatation is nothing short of arrogant.
Council repeatedly claimed three rows would be retained along the whole section, yet now puts the removal of several trees in the firing line down to “interpretation”.
Council officers can’t consult the community on every single project they carry out, but clearly this is one instance where a problem was identified before the trees were removed but no serious consideration was given to appease those concerns.
This approach leaves council explosed to criticism of tokenism when indeed there has been consultation.
The end result is a scarred landscape without the 3000 native plants which were scheduled to be in the ground under the problem has been resolved.
Let’s hope lessons can be learned so that in future issues which are clearly sensitive can be dealt with properly.