Council inaction prompts appeal

A REFUSAL by Tweed Shire Council to take any action over the poisoning of trees on the Kingscliff foreshore to create better ocean views has led to calls for state government intervention.

A group of Kingscliff residents plan to appeal to the NSW Department of Infrastructure Planning and Natural Resources which officially controls the beachfront reserve to have a sign erected shaming the vandals.

Kingscliff Ratepayers' and Progress Association president Peter Gladwin said his members were disappointed in the decision by majority councillors last week not to act against the tree poisoning and not to erect a sign to block views which appeared someone had tried to create.

He said the decision contrasted sharply with a decision by councillors about five years ago to erect a sign about 200 metres further north.

In that instance he said the sign had explained surrounding trees had been damaged and new trees were planted to eventually replace them.

Mr Gladwin said the latest council decision sent the wrong message to the community.

"What sort of signals are we sending our kids?" he asked. "The double whammy is some of these trees were planted by the community. Some were nearly a foot through.

Mr Gladwin said the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources which has absorbed the old Lands Department, did have a policy of erecting signs where trees had been damaged to improve ocean views.

Last week Tweed's majority-faction councillors opposed the move by Greens councillor Henry James to erect the shaming sign. Similar incidents along the Tweed Coast in the past resulted in the former Department of Lands erecting signs advising vandals had cut trees down for a better view.

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