Why our trees were cut down

‘Se­ri­ous mis­un­der­stand­ing’

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Chris­tian Berechree chris­tian.berechree @south­bur­nett­times.com.au

THE shock­ing re­moval of trees in Mount Perry has been de­scribed as a “se­ri­ous mis­un­der­stand­ing”.

A North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive said the re­moval of trees, de­scribed by Coun­cil­lor John Bowen as “van­dal­ism”, had been in­ves­ti­gated, and that it had been sim­ply a mis­un­der­stand­ing be­tween par­ties in­volved.

“Coun­cil fully ap­pre­ci­ates that this has re­sulted in an un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion that has caused sig­nif­i­cant dis­tress to mem­bers of the Mt Perry com­mu­nity,” the rep­re­sen­ta­tive said.

“Coun­cil is not ap­por­tion­ing blame or pur­su­ing any le­gal ac­tion in re­spect of the mat­ter.”

Cr Bowen had ex­pressed dis­may when the trees were re­moved from the Mt Perry Sport and Re­cre­ation Cen­tre sur­rounds last month.

“What has hap­pened in Mt Perry is van­dal­ism and it’s not ac­cept­able in our com­mu­ni­ties,” Cr Bowen said at the time.

In a let­ter to the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett Times, Mt Perry res­i­dent Kar­lene Lu­cas said the re­moval of trees had been ap­proved.

“In re­sponse to Coun­cil­lor John Bowen’s com­ments re trees be­ing cut down in Mt Perry by a lo­cal group, I would like to point out that this lo­cal group is from the Gi­dar­jil Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, con­duct­ing a funded parks and gar­dens project, in con­junc­tion with Mt Perry Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Board Inc,” she said.

Gor­don King, train­ing and em­ploy­ment man­ager for Gi­dar­jil Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, said the group was work­ing as part of the Skilling Queens­lan­ders for Work pro­gram.

“The Skilling Queens­lan­ders for Work trainees have al­ready car­ried out ex­ten­sive tree plant­ing and land­scap­ing in Mt Perry and will con­tinue their work un­til next Fe­bru­ary,” he said.

Mr King said Evo­lu­tion Min­ing had do­nated $15,000 from its com­mu­nity fund to help with the pur­chase of a bus, which pro­vides trans­port for 10 con­ser­va­tion and man­age­ment trainees to work in Mount Perry.

“Gi­dar­jil’s Skilling Queens­lan­ders for Work, Work­skills Trainee­ship pro­gram is proudly sup­ported by the Queens­land Govern­ment,” Mr King said.

The coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive

said the coun­cil felt the best way for­ward was “to re­in­state the gar­dens in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Gi­dar­jil and the Mt Perry com­mu­nity”.

“Coun­cil will con­vene a fur­ther meet­ing with the Mt

Perry com­mu­nity to de­velop a restora­tion plan and will look to have the area re­in­stated as soon as pos­si­ble. Fur­ther de­tails re­gard­ing the pub­lic meet­ing will be forth­com­ing.”

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