Signs good for beating environmental vandals

The signs reinforce that environmental vandals will not win.

Areas where trees were illegally cleared at Bucasia Beach have been replanted and large signs erected.

The three 3.6m by 1.8m signs point out that native vegetation in these areas has been vandalised.

Parks and Environment portfolio councillor Theresa Morgan said about 50 trees were illegally destroyed at Bucasia Beach over the Easter break.

She said the trees removed were planted as part of the Mackay Coasts and Communities project, a partnership between council and Reef Catchments.

"It is disappointing that members of the community have intentionally damaged our native habitat but we won't let environmental vandals win,'' Cr Morgan said.

"The affected areas have been replanted and three large signs erected,'' she said.

"They will remain in place until the native vegetation has regrown."

The signs, designed to withstand high wind speeds in the beach location, ask residents and visitors to: "Help us to protect our vegetation and wildlife habitat."

They let people know: "Native vegetation in this area has been vandalised."

Cr Morgan said the native plants that were destroyed had been regularly watered and maintained over a two-year period.

She said in some instances members of the community had helped plant the trees.

"It was extremely disappointing to see all of that hard work trashed by environmental vandals.

"We did receive complaints from community members about the destruction of the trees."

Cr Morgan said people caught interfering with vegetation on council-managed land would be prosecuted. Offenders face a fine of about $20,000.

Anyone who witnesses acts of environmental vandalism is asked to contact 1300 MACKAY (622 529).

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (1300 622 529)