HERE’S an alternative headline which could have been placed at the head of the article on page 6 of last week’s Whitsunday Times.
“Shingley scrubs up” should have read “Shingley sterilised – concrete-mad marina owner tears up the last bit of native beach scrub left in the vicinity of Abell Point in a final move to eradicate every skerrick of natural vegetation and shade from his marina”.
What Mr Darrouzet saw as “an ugly expanse of noxious weeds, rubbish and rocks” was, in fact, habitat for native fauna and helped to prevent erosion at the eastern end of Shingley beach.
The newly extended artificial beach is of no use to anyone as the water is shallow and the bottom muddy. It will be covered in litter in no time, only now the rubbish will be more visible to everyone.
Where the public used to walk along the bicentennial walkway in a welcome cool patch of shade there is now just a rock wall and one solitary tree.
Who approved this pointless destruction of vegetation? A more enlightened approach would have been to remove the weeds and revegetate the area with native plants which would thrive there and provide a bit of welcome relief to the eye from the vast expanses of bare concrete which Mr Darrouzet seems to favour.
I dread to think what his promised “spectacular parkway” will look like. Elmer Ten-Haken Cannonvale