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On Tuesday 26 April 2022, Council adopted the new Coconut De-nutting Program and Reduction Strategy that will decrease the number of Coconut Palms on Council managed lands to less than 330. Council has adopted the strategy to reduce the ongoing maintenance costs related to the twice-yearly de-nutting required to reduce Council’s public liability associated with Coconut Palms.
Council completed the logging of potential Coconut Palms for removal across the Shire that have been nominated as part of the longer-term Coconut De-nutting Program and Reduction Strategy via a GIS database that was made available to the public.
Consultation closed on Friday 28 October 2022, allowing the community and potentially affected residents to seek nominations for removal and/or negotiate for maintenance on Coconut Palms.
The final Coconut Reduction Strategy for the 2022-2023 financial year is now available to the public and can be accessed via the below link. No further consultation or negotiations will take place this round of work.
Coconut Palm removals and de-nutting works will commence from Monday 28 November 2022 with completion anticipated by the end of the year.
Residents are reminded that Council has set a limit for the number of Coconut Palms that it can afford to maintain into the future.
It is envisaged that removal works in accordance with the scheduled Coconut De-nutting Program and Reduction Strategy may take a couple of years to achieve the desired outcomes due to budgeting and resource constraints.
For further information, please contact Council’s Public Spaces Team on 4776 4740.