Tweed being rid of Cocos palms
TWEED Shire Council is in the process of removing all Cocos palms in the shire, as they are a maintenance issue and injure wildlife.
The Cocos palms are harmful for bats, and Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers president Connie Kerr praised council for removing the palms.
“It's really exciting to know the council has done this, it's great news,” Ms Kerr said.
She explained that sometimes when food was scarce the bats would resort to eating Cocos palm fruits, and their feet and bodies could get trapped in the palm, causing “horrendous injuries”.
“It's not a native tree, so the council has definitely taken some very nice steps in getting rid of the palms.”
The Cocos palms will be replaced with tuckeroos, which are a local coastal native tree.
Tweed Shire Council recreation services manager Stewart Brawley said the replacement trees were preferable for a number of reasons.
“The Cocos palms in John Follent Park have already been replaced with semi-advanced tuckeroos which provide better shade and amenity when established,” Mr Brawley said.
The Cocos palms presented a major maintenance concern as the weed palm was easily spread.
“They represent major maintenance concerns for Council as they continually shed large fronds and produce large amounts of seeds which are spread by bats and birds before germination,” Mr Brawley said.