Iconic eye­sore stays

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE iconic stretch of Four Mile Beach cleared of 50 co­conut palms in March will re­main bare un­til at least the wet sea­son.

Work has stalled over the veg­e­ta­tion and re­plant­ing of the area at Four Mile Beach which was a pop­u­lar spot for film­ing.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil re­moved 50 co­conut palms from the area in March and had planned to re­plant the area with 3000 na­tive plants.

But community up­roar prompted coun­cil to stop the reveg­e­ta­tion project and con­sider al­ter­na­tives from re­plant­ing 50 ma­ture co­conut palms to main­tain­ing the site as a grassed area.

Five months on and the de­ci­sion on what to do with the site ap­pears no closer.

Coun­cil is re­view­ing the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil Co­conut Man­age­ment Plan and coun­cil­lors want a fur­ther re­port de­tail­ing the pro­posed site reveg­e­ta­tion plan and community con­sul­ta­tion.

Coun­cil’s gen­eral man­ager of community, sport and cul­tural ser­vices Ian Lowth said that is not likely to be tabled for a few months.

“The dry sea­son is not an op­ti­mum time to be plant­ing any­way, and the new plant­ings will be done just prior to the wet sea­son to en­able them to soak up the nat­u­ral rains rather than coun­cil hav­ing to do ex­ten­sive wa­ter­ing which would be re­quired if any plant­ings were done now,” he said.

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