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Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

in the world that con­jures up vi­sions of ro­mance, of sun­lit skies and warm tropic seas than the co­conut palm, with its slen­der grace­ful trunk and long reach­ing fronds that rus­tle in a gen­tle breeze.

Quite apart from their looks, co­conut palms have a tremen­dous root sys­tem and should be planted along all beach fronts and banks of rivers to help con­trol ero­sion.

There is noth­ing a tourist likes bet­ter than to pick up a fallen nut to take home as a sou­venir. I know this, as liv­ing on the beach­front, I have seen and spo­ken with many over the years.

The coun­cil could set up a stall at the Air­lie mar­kets and help pay off its debt by selling them with lit­tle painted palm and hula girls on the shell.

We have the Gold Coast, the Sun­shine Coast and the Cas­sowary Coast, names that tell you what they have to of­fer, so why not tag Co­conut Coast to the al­ready es­tab­lished name of Whit­sun­day?

The talk of re­plac­ing them with na­tive trees or even other sort of palms is non­sense.

Peo­ple come to the north to see trop­i­cal stuff: man­goes, paw­paws, sugar cane, all feral of course, like a thou­sand other plants that bloom in the north.

Tourists are not botanists and might not know one plant from another, but they know they have ar­rived when they see a co­conut palm.

Por­traits of our coun­cil­lors painted on co­conut shells by young lo­cal artists could be­come real crowd pleasers and great col­lec­tor items, as well as advertising the Co­conut Coast. Just an idea for fun.

John N Tyree, Wil­son Beach

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