OPINION: Was the Scarness foreshore tree chop a good idea?
THERE are two sides to every story and sometimes it's hard to decide how you feel about an issue.
A large part of me admires the protesters who have fought to protect the 10 trees at the Scarness foreshore that have been targeted for removal by the Fraser Coast Regional Council because of the noise and bird droppings from native lorikeets.
Seeing long-standing trees cut down, especially in a vulnerable area such as the foreshore, can only be described as distressing and we need only look at the council vote - the decision to remove the trees was passed by a decision of six to five - to see what a divisive issue this is.
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On the other hand, the council has promised to plant 20 trees to replace the 10 that have been cut down.
There is little doubt that anyone who has heard the lorikeets can only describe the noise as intense and the issue is affecting the successful operation of the Scarness Caravan Park, where some sites were being withdrawn from occupation due to the bird droppings.
Some councillors have suggested that we need to embrace the birds rather than disturb their habitat.
There are certainly conflicting opinions over this issue.
I just wonder if there was adequate research carried out into keeping the trees - trees which might have been vital to the long-term health of the foreshore - or if it was the easy option to simply cut them down.