Trees cut on island foreshore

By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

MERLE Larsen wants to know what is happening to the trees near the foreshore of Curtis Island.

'Someone is chopping the trees down at the southern end of the township,' Mrs Larsen said.

'As you come up the road from the Caisson and where it joins with Pacific Crescent, you can see where the trees have been thinned out and, in some spots, it looks as if the trees have been poisoned.

'The only reason this could be happening is to improve someone's view of the passageway between Curtis and Facing Islands, and across the bay back towards Gladstone.'

Mrs Larsen said the thinning out of the trees could even be noticed en route to the island as the barge came in to the jetty.

'I notice that the houses in the vicinity of these damaged trees are now standing out more prominently,' she said.

There are about 100 houses at the southern end of the island.

'We are not talking about giant trees here,' Mrs Larsen said.

'These are our bush trees.

'Walking through these trees, it is very obvious a chain saw has been used to thin them out.'

Mrs Larsen said she was so upset she had contacted the Gladstone City Council and the Environmental Protection Authority to report the incident.

'The council is sending out an inspector to assess the situation next week,' she said.



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