Protesters block 'weed' removal

PROTESTERS angry about tree removals have caused work on an underpass and footpass at Currumbin Creek to be halted on Monday.

Gold Coast City Council said they will reassess whether work can continue on Tuesday.

They called off works on the $700,000 project on the Thrower Dr bridge because protestors can gone on site.

Gold Coast City Division 14 Councillor Chris Robbins said the project had been with the environmental significance of Currumbin Creek in mind.

"For this reason, council consulted with neighbouring community groups to achieve the best outcomes," she said.

Cr Robbins said the underpass was part of a green link to allow people to walk and cycle in a safer environment in a beautiful part of the city.

"It provides a strategic link to future foreshores on both sides of Thrower Dr, which is part of the Currumbin Creek Corridor Recreation Master Plan," she said.

"More people will be encouraged to enjoy walking and cycling along the estuary foreshore."

The project involves the removal of seven trees, including two Camphor Laurels, which are classified as weeds.

Thirteen advanced native trees will be planted to replace them.

The project is due for completion by the end of November 2012.

Topics:  currumbin creek, protesters, thrower drive



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