LETTER: Noosa's silence on chopping down trees

THE silence from Noosa Council is deafening at the suggestion that they chop down the paperbarks and get rid of the blossoms in Wallace and Pinaroo parks, now that the bats have left.

It has been further suggested that the council turn the parks back into koala conservation areas and enlist the help of Sir Richard Branson in this project.

Sounds simple, doesn't it?

For years the Noosa Council has been telling residents that they cannot get rid of the vegetation that bats like, such as paperbarks and blossoms, because the bats are a protected species.

They persisted with this argument, even though the Attorney-General, ministers for Local Government, the Environment, Infrastructure and Planning and so on, stated that exceptions could be made, if the council applied.

Now there are no bats, no protected species by anyone's decree and yet still the council does nothing, even though time may be of the essence.

The residents just have to keep on complaining ... to the complaints commission, class actions or whatever.


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