Letters to the editor
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