Outrage over clearing
THE slow disappearance of vegetation on the foreshore at Moore Park Beach has a resident concerned the clearing will damage the environment.
Danny Mazza said he had recently seen residents clearing areas in the Moore Park Beach Reserve, which sparked his worries.
But the clearing is legal with a plan devised by the Burnett Shire Council and the Department of Environment and Resource Management allowing residents to clear the area of weeds and for their safety as long as a permit had been issued.
"There has been constant clearing going on," Mr Mazza said.
The concerned Moore Park Beach resident said he was worried the clearing would affect turtles and other native wildlife as more light from houses and streetlights reached the beach.
"You need qualified people to do it," he said.
Mr Mazza said he was also concerned that those doing the clearing had no concern for the environment.
"The only reason they do it is to have the beach front," he said.
Mr Mazza said residents had also cleared past bollards which had been put in to mark where residents should be clearing to.
Bundaberg Regional Council director of health and environment Greg Savage said a plan for the Moore Park Beach Reserve had been developed by the previous Burnett Shire Council and DERM more than 10 years ago.
He said that plan had allowed residents to clear as long as they had a permit.
Mr Savage said council had been called to check some of the clearing, which had been done late last week.
"When we got there they were not removing trees, they were pushing back a weed infestation to between the trees," Mr Savage said.
"They were just trying to stop it encroaching further into the area," he said.
Mr Savage said residents with permits were also allowed to clear so the vegetation was not growing right up to their doorstep.
But the permit system for the vegetation removal could end soon.
Mr Savage said within the next 12 months the council would be reviewing the management scheme for the Moore Park Beach Reserve.