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Tree-planting bandits anger Fraser Coast Mayor

FRASER Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell has labelled the planting of trees by vigilantes "irresponsible" after a foreshore protection group plotted to plant seeds in places where the Esplanade had been cleared.

Members of the Hervey Bay Foreshore Protection Group posted about planting trees on the foreshore earlier this month.

The initial post suggested getting ABC personality Costa Georgiadis to replant the cottonwood trees at Ernie Organ Park once "we get rid of O'Connell and his cronies".

But another member said they were already planting trees along the Esplanade "after hours".

"No one will say anything," the post read.

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Other people agreed with the member, saying it was a great idea, with one promising they would get a group together and help him.

The member said he would put "thousands and thousands" of plants along the foreshore if he had to, describing Cr O'Connell as the "number one threat of this whole coastline and the local vegetation".

But Cr O'Connell said the council had carefully planned the foreshore clean-up, adding that council parks and garden staff were doing a "wonderful job" with the area.

"They are one of the most admired and appreciated units in council," he said.

Cr O'Connell said those taking it upon themselves to plant trees along the foreshore were being "totally irresponsible", adding that they should remember that it was public land and there could be repercussions to their actions.

He said there were legitimate pathways and groups people could join if they wanted to help the environment.

Topics:  esplanade, foreshore, foreshore clearing, fraser coast regional council, hervey bay, mayor, offbeat, planting, trees



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