'Serious misunderstanding': Council responds to tree removal
AN INCIDENT in Mt Perry which left a councillor "shocked” has been described as a "serious misunderstanding”.
A North Burnett Regional Council spokesperson said the removal of trees in Mt Perry had been investigated and it was simply a misunderstanding between the parties involved.
"Council fully appreciates that this has resulted in an unfortunate situation that has caused significant distress to members of the Mt Perry community,” the spokesperson said.
"Council is not apportioning blame or pursuing any legal action in respect of the matter.”
When trees were removed from the Mt Perry Sport and Recreation Centre surrounds earlier this month, councillor John Bowen expressed his dismay.
"What has happened in Mt Perry is vandalism and it's not acceptable in our communities,” Cr Bowen said at the time.
In a letter to the Central and North Burnett Times, Mt Perry resident Karlene Lucas said the removal of trees had been approved.
"In response to Councillor John Bowen's comments re trees being cut down in Mt Perry by a local group, I would like to point out that this local group is from the Gidarjil Development Corporation, conducting a funded parks and gardens project, in conjunction with Mt Perry Community Development Board Inc,” she said.
Gordon King, training and employment manager for Gidarjil Development Corporation, said the group were working as part of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.
"The Skilling Queenslanders for Work trainees have already carried out extensive tree planting and landscaping in Mt Perry and will continue their work until next February,” he said.
Evolution Mining recently donated $15,000 from their community fund to assist with the purchase of a bus, which provides transport for 10 conservation and management trainees, to work in Mount Perry, Mr King said.
"Gidarjil's Skilling Queenslanders for Work, Workskills Traineeship program is proudly supported by the Queensland Government,” Mr King said.
"Council feels the best and most productive way forward is to reinstate the gardens in collaboration with Gidarjil and the Mt Perry community,” the council spokesperson said.
"Council will convene a further meeting with the Mt Perry community to develop a restoration plan and will look to have the area reinstated as soon as possible. Further details regarding the public meeting will be forthcoming.”