The view from a popular Sunshine Beach currently obstructed by a native tree. Local surf watcher, Bill Brown believes council should remove the tree.
The view from a popular Sunshine Beach currently obstructed by a native tree. Local surf watcher, Bill Brown believes council should remove the tree. Contributed

Brown and Green in a tree debate

TAKING in the view from a popular Sunshine Beach parking area has regular admirer Bill Brown completely bushed.

Preventing people's panoramic enjoyment, according to Mr Brown, is one casuarina stuck right in the middle.

But when it comes to a "common sense" request to remove this visual obstruction, Mr Brown reckons council cannot see the forest for the tree.

"The car park immediately to the north of the Sunshine Beach Surf Club is enjoyed by literally hundreds every single week," Mr Brown said.

"Many locals and tourists go to this place to have a look at the ocean for whales, check surf conditions, decide if they should go to Noosa Main beach or if Sunshine is suitable, depending on the conditions," Mr Brown said.

"This is the only easily located position where you can look at the surf from Noosa to Coolum, which is why it's much more than just a car park."

Mr Brown said he asked council to investigate removing the tree that sits right in the middle of where people are trying to look out and the outcome was to trim another smaller tree.

He believes the council lacks courage to remove a single native tree "for fear of being labelled ungreen".

"From my inquiries of the people I see there, the vast majority believe its simply been allowed to grow too far and needs to be removed so people don't have to move from one side and then walk to the other...as they all do," Mr Brown said.

"This is such an easy logical decision.

"There is a time and a place for trees, right in front of a lookout is not such a place."

Local Councillor Russell Green said he can understand Mr Brown's concerns and he believed these will be addressed when council undertakes place-making upgrades.

Cr Green said the carpark is the next in line for a makeover and concept plans have incorporated viewing platforms and seating.

"We should have the funds to do all that next year," Cr Green said.


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