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September 15, 2020 - COUNCIL GOES NUTS ON COCONUT TREES

Cassowary Coast Regional Council has begun its annual coconut de-nutting program in Council controlled public parks, walking tracks and beach accesses to protect the community and visitors from falling coconuts.

Mayor Mark Nolan said while the coconut tree is a much loved and iconic feature of the region’s skyline many people are unaware falling coconuts can pose a serious danger to passers-by.

“Council takes this potential risk to our community very seriously and while we endeavour to make our way through the region to remove the coconuts it’s up to the individual to take caution of the risk they pose,” said Mayor Nolan.

“If you’re looking for a place to sit under a coconut tree, take a moment to look up and assess whether it’s safe to do so.”

Throughout the program Council will also be undertaking tree inspections to determine their health and the potential risk certain trees may pose to the public in high use areas.

All inspections are performed by qualified arborists and, in the event where a tree must be removed, this is done in conjunction with Council officers.

The de-nutting program is part of Council’s responsibility to public health and safety, meeting auditing requirements and ultimately reducing exposure to public liability claims.

The program is expected to be completed by the end of November, weather permitting.
For further information contact Council at 1300 763 903 or go to cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au. 

Media contact 0417 721 754  |  comms@ccrc.qld.gov.au

Photo:  Council contractor Andrew Mason of AGM Property Maintenance removing coconuts from Wongaling Beach