Protesters on the Esplanade at Point Vernon where trees are marked for removal.
Protesters on the Esplanade at Point Vernon where trees are marked for removal. Alistair Brightman

Pt Vernon protectors furious at council's decision

A GROUP of environmentalists have protested against the Fraser Coast Regional Council's decision to remove five mature eucalypts in Pt Vernon.

Protest organiser, Rod Dudgeon, said "thousands" of Fraser Coast ratepayers were opposed to the council's decision to remove the trees for a road-widening project.

The group of protestors met at "Eagle's Nest" where the five mature gums and 13 saplings were marked for removal on Tuesday.

Rod Dudgeon, an environmentalist opposed to the removal of trees from the Hervey Bay foreshore, had arranged a placard which read "Stop the Chop".

Several Chronicle readers were also against the clearing.

Muthanaytcha questioned why the Infrastructure and Planning Portfolio Councillor Trevor McDonald had suggested those concerned join the council's Community Environment Program.

"They are chopping everything down anyway."

Commenter Maryrose said "the council are environmental vandals" while other readers said tree clearing would become an election issue.



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