DEVASTATED: Mike Johnson is disgusted someone has burnt eight she-oaks.
DEVASTATED: Mike Johnson is disgusted someone has burnt eight she-oaks. Paul Donaldson BUN290616SHORE4

Were these trees killed for sea views?

MIKE Johnson is outraged trees along the foreshore between Mon Repos and Burnett Heads have been deliberately killed.

Eight she-oaks lined along the water edge have been burnt at the base.

Only the bare lifeless branches remain and are beginning to dry out.

The trees either side of the dead natives remained untouched and have green foliage.

"People seem to be seeking a lifestyle without trees on the esplanade," Mr Johnson, the president of Bundaberg Landcare, said.

"I can only assume they have been killed for a view."

"Seachange does not mean a no-tree change."

Mr Johnson said it was not only the environment at stake but the loss of trees along the foreshore would cause more lighting issues for nesting turtles.

"We are trying to encourage tourism and eco-tourism but we wont be able to if we don't look after it," he said.


Mr Johnson said it was obvious someone had taken the time to collect dry wood and place around the base of the trees before setting them alight.

"I reckon they have poured fuel around the base, stacked logs around and poured some more (fuel) before lighting it," he said.

Mr Johnson said the wispy trees were hardly blocking the ocean view and now the 40m frontage had nothing but dead trees.

"We are very lucky to have this turtle trail path but people seem to try and ruin it," Mr Johnson said.

"It's like trying to stop a freight train trying to stop this from happening."

Bundaberg Regional Council environmental and natural resources spokesman Bill Trevor said the council had a zero-tolerance approach to the wilful damage of trees on council reserves.

He said the native vegetation planted throughout the region was important to the aesthetics of parks and open spaces as well as the preservation of the natural environment.

"At the end of the day, these trees are public property and any unauthorised interference with them is considered a criminal offence," Cr Trevor said.

Cr Trevor said that, under the council's local laws, fines could be issued for the wilful damage of a tree, carrying a maximum of 50 penalty units - $5892.50.

Anyone with information relating to the wilful damage of any vegetation on the council reserves can phone the council on 1300 883 699.

"Any trees on council reserves are the responsibility of council to maintain," Cr Trevor said.

"It is illegal to interfere with the foliage of native trees on a council reserve."

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