Scrub­bing up

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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