Confusion over council or private-owned land
AN ELDERLY Tewantin couple returned from a wedding anniversary holiday to find their "tropical paradise" had been destroyed.
Edwin and Margaret Grantham had been on a cruise to celebrate 60 years together and when they returned last Wednesday they found Noosa Council had cut down plants and trees on what they believed was their "private property".
"The whole lot was a tropical paradise," Mr Grantham said.
"There were two lovely trees here, not in the way or anything. They acted as a barrier for road noise. There were umbrella trees.
"I think it's ridiculous and it's sad as well. That was a beautiful green area."
Mr Grantham said five years ago he contacted Noosa Council to request someone remove weeds from the same patch of land, which is on the outside of their fence. He claimed they said it was private property and couldn't touch it.
In a statement, Noosa Council refuted the land was private property and said it was council-owned.
"Council carried out work on the Niblick St nature strip road reserve in response to customer requests regarding branches overhanging the road and obscuring visibility, plus the presence of Singapore daisy weed growing across the nature strip," a council spokesperson said.
"This land is council land and not private property."
Earlier this year, Mr Grantham encountered a council worker spraying Singapore daisy weeds in the same spot and then came across this council interference last week.
"If it was private land five years ago, it's private land now," Mr Grantham said.
"We had a red post to mark our land and now I can't find it."
The couple contacted Noosa Council to "clean up the mess" of tree branches and dead weeds left behind but said "they don't want to know about it".
"The whole area is brown and dead. We feel totally ignored, powerless, when you go to the council," Mrs Grantham said.
"Why chop down trees without asking us? It was devastating."