Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

I HEARD with dis­be­lief the coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing re­mov­ing all of the beau­ti­ful shade trees on Warner St to al­low for carpark­ing.

If this cor­rect, I can only say that the coun­cil­lors have lost their heads some­where.

Along with a hand­ful of lo­cal res­i­dents, I was re­spon­si­ble for the plant­ing of all of the shade trees which are to be found along the streets close to Macrossan St. We used to plant the trees early in the morn­ings be­fore work and the heat of the day ar­rived.

Coun­cil did not pay one penny for all of these trees which beau­tify the town area. It was all done with vol­un­teer labour.

The shade pro­vided also cools down the air as it passes through the trees. To con­sider re­mov­ing these trees is pure mad­ness.

If one looks at the stan­dard of those in pol­i­tics at any level in this coun­try then I sup­pose it’s not sur­pris­ing that there are those who would re­turn Warner St to a bar­ren, hot, bor­ing street of for­mer days as is the other end of Warner St which, when we were plant­ing the Warner St trees, some busi­ness own­ers at the other end of the street did not want us to plant trees at their end of the street. Take a look at Warner St. You have a beau­ti­ful shady and invit­ing end and a bor­ing unattrac­tive and hot land­scape at the other end. Which do you pre­fer?

GARRY MASTERS, for­mer res­i­dent and reg­u­lar visi­tor to Port Dou­glas.

The tree lined Warner St in Port Dou­glas pro­vides a shady re­treat.

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