CRC axe coconut management plan
CAIRNS Regional Council has decided to axe any plans for managing coconuts in Douglas or fulfil a promise to replant the 49 coconut trees chopped down 14 months ago.
Council halted works on a revegetation site at Four Mile Park last year after community outrage over getting rid of the iconic coconut trees.
Mayor Bob Manning promised in May last year to replace the coconut trees chopped down by council with ‘‘mature specimens’’ and review council’s management practices.
However, in a recent update, council decided to postpone the resolution to integrate the former Douglas Shire coconut policy into its own policy and begin community consultation to fix the bare Four Mile site.
Council’s manager for parks and leisure Brett Spencer said there will be no further development of an integrated planning document.
‘‘Decisions relating to policy and strategic planning (and) revegetation of the site at Four Mile will be addressed by the incoming Douglas Shire Council,’’ he said.
Division 10 councillor Julia Leu has labelled council’s move a ‘‘cop-out’’ and said there has been enough time to develop and finalise the plan, and even complete project.
‘‘ This is yet another example of a piece of work that council had previously committed to, which has now not progressed anywhere near where it should have,’’ she said.
‘‘Unfortunately there are other examples like this one, where all work has stopped and it is difficult to work out who exactly has made the decision for this to occur.’’
Hortulus Australia owner John Sullivan, a member of council’s Urban Design Advisory Board said the ‘‘ destructive and shortsighted’’ revegetation project on Four Mile should have never happened in the first place.
‘‘Council proclaimed this area of the Four Mile Beach Esplanade desperate for revegetation and have now shirked their responsibility to State Government in managing the foreshore.’’