Why our trees were cut down
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.”