Whitsunday Regional Council going nuts over trees

WHITSUNDAY Regional Council has released a draft coconut management policy for public consultation this week.  

If the policy is put in place coconut trees will be removed from 'neighbourhood/low use parks, open space/reserve, bushland reserve, cemeteries, road reserves and streetscapes'.  

In the plan it's noted 'of the 970 registered trees, 775 of them potentially require de-nutting twice per year at a cost of over $75,000 per year in contractor's fees'.

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The policy 'aims to develop a sustainable and cost effective system of managing and maintaining coconuts in high profile locations, while removing and possibly replacing coconuts in low profile locations'.

Whitsunday Regional Council mayor Jennifer Whitney said while the trees are iconic to the region they also pose safety a hazard.  

Have your say on the plan here.

Do you want to see the Whitsundays' iconic coconut trees to stay?

This poll ended on 03 June 2015.

Current Results

Yes

86%

No

13%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

 


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