Iconic eyesore stays
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.