DOUGLAS – CHAINSAW CAPITAL?
Many Port Douglas residents will be unaware of Council’s intention to remove a large section of tropical vegetation along Port Douglas Road between Atoll Close and the Four Mile Shops.
This so called “upgrade” of the service road is totally unacceptable as Council plans to removal ALL vegetation in front of seven properties.
This will expose the properties and create a bare and untidy appearance along that section of the road.
It currently is an attractive, lush, tropical streetscape. There is no reason why any of the vegetation should be removed particularly the large trees and palms.
The plan shown on Council website indicates some landscaping might occur after the mass removal of trees and shrubs in front of these properties.
However this is not presented in any detail. This replanting would need to be considerably dense with tall trees to reinstate the natural landscape.
“Community consultation” is a farce with Shire residents being given just four days to comment (including a weekend).
Many residents do not believe Council take notice of community responses. Council has a history of providing dubious reasoning and misinformation, then proceeding with their proposals, regardless of the feeling of the community.
This week two mature coconut palms were chopped down on the Esplanade.
Council suddenly deemed them “dangerous” as they were near a water fountain. Why did Council install the water fountain in that location in the first place? Why not relocate the fountain instead of removing iconic palm trees?
And Council boast we are the “coconut capital” of Australia.
Unfortunately, gradual removal of tropical vegetation has occurred too often. The entrances to Port Douglas and Mossman have been denuded of large trees and replaced with cement.
The Shire, and particularly Port Douglas, is losing its unique tropical ambience with the continuing and stealthy removal of trees, coconut palms, and other vegetation by Council.
It is becoming a sanitised and concrete suburbia, exactly what most residents and visitors do not want.
What will be left if this Council continues their chainsaw performances for another four years?
Barry O’Brien, Port Douglas