Co­conuts cracked

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

DOU­GLAS Shire Coun­cil has be­gun re­mov­ing co­conut palms from Ocean View Rd re­cently, as part of its Co­conut Ac­tion Plan adopted in Septem­ber.

Ocean View Rd rep­re­sents the only ma­jor con­cen­tra­tion of co­conut palms to be re­moved in the shire, with 46 to be re­moved from that area alone be­cause they are deemed to be ‘in­ap­pro­pri­ate streetscape.’

A DSC spokesper­son said this was be­cause of “the high risk to pub­lic and traf­fic safety as­so­ci­ated with fall­ing nuts and fronds,” and the re­sult­ing pub­lic li­a­bil­ity and in­sur­ance claims.

The DSC will be plant­ing re­place­ment trees golden pen­das(Xan­thoste­mon chyr­san­thus) in lo­ca­tions on Ocean View Rd that are suit­able.

Another 30 are to be re­moved from other lo­ca­tions around the shire, with the vast ma­jor­ity sim­ply slated for de­nut­ting.

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