IGA car park

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

I was dis­gusted to see all the trees cut down to just ‘‘stumps’’ at the IGA car park. I’m of the opin­ion that shady trees are es­sen­tial, be they any size, for the pub­lic and the birds which used to take cover in th­ese trees for shel­ter from the heat. Whilst on the sub­ject of IGA car park how about re­plac­ing the white slippy pavers with rough sur­faced floor­ing that is not so dan­ger­ous?

IGA man­ager Den­zil Bignoux replies: The trees were cut in the in­ter­est of cus­tomer safety. A child of around six was nearly run over by a car speed­ing in my car park. Un­for­tu­nately I did not get the rego for the po­lice, but did wit­ness the in­ci­dent. I re­quested the land­lord to take ac­tion as the trees did not pro­vide shade and were al­ways full of green ants. I be­lieve we have done the right thing. I can­not con­trol the hoons or in­con­sid­er­ate cus­tomers speed­ing but now the pedes­tri­ans can be clearly seen. I fully agree with cus­tomers we need some shaded park­ing and cov­ered park­ing for rainy sea­son. The front veranda was etched at the cost of $6800 in Au­gust and is done each year.

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