COASTAL DESTRUCTION: Views such as this are becoming more common around the Australian coastline as residents cut down trees
COASTAL DESTRUCTION: Views such as this are becoming more common around the Australian coastline as residents cut down trees

Locals take a dim view of ?tree killers



INSTEAD of trees, visitors to parts of the Clarence coast may soon be confronted with signs.

After a request from the Clarence Environment Centre, the Clarence Valley Council has agreed to erect a sign at Diggers Headland measuring 1.2m by 1.5m, with suggested wording:

'The Diggers community working together. Our efforts to regenerate this headland have been hindered by deliberate acts of vandalism towards trees.

Please help us by reporting such destructive acts to the Clarence Valley Council.'

Clarence Landcare community support officer, Julie Mousley, said residents killing trees to get a 'better' view was a growing problem along the coast and waterways.

She said that at Angourie, a residual herbicide had been used which had long-term and widespread implications because it killed more than the target plants.

"Such chemicals are having a long-term residual effect," she said.

"We call it viewcare and it affects a lot of communities along the coast."

Diggers Headland resident John Boyle said he was concerned some of the herbicides being used were finding their way into streams, in which children swam, and into the marine national park.

"If they thought their children or grandchildren were playing in it, they might think again," he said.

"They continue to spread and kill everything in their wake."

A number of people keen on protecting coastal trees are getting together from noon on April 10 at Diggers Camp Reserve for the 'Great Clarence Beach Picnic'. Organisers hope that if enough people attend, tree killers might lose their nerve.



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