Council to Remove Pest Plants and to Enrichment Plant Shelly Beach Dune with Natives
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Concerned residents at Shelly Beach have been asking Sunshine Coast Regional Council to manage the overgrowing Cotton Trees on Shelly Beach for some years with no action. The Cotton Trees have been independently identified as a Pest Plant and there is no other stretch of beach from Gladstone to the Gold Coast that has this problem. Simply put, the Cotton Trees are not a suitable species for the dune as per advice from the Queensland Government, leading botanists and scientists. The Pest Plant is causing environmental damage.
These Pest Plants are endangering turtles because the safe turtle nesting zones are now being covered by the Pest Plant. The Pest Plant has inundated 75% of the dune and is starving native trees of light and nutrients and is decreasing biodiversity. Please take the time to watch the video for the facts.
The Council engaged advice from a large environmental consulting firm regarding a suitable enrichment plan prepared by experts to rehabilitate the dune. They have received the advice and the Council have the legislative framework to rectify the problem immediately. It is their obligation as Trustee of the land to fix this problem so we appreciate your support.
Unfortunately, poorly informed 'activists' with a well orchestrated campaign misinformed the community without the scientific facts and derailed the project with fake news.
Please help us ensure that the native species are restored and the Pest Plants are removed from the dune ahead of the next turtle season.
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