Admiralty on beach ‘dying slow death’

2016-10-20 06:00
PHOTO: candyce krishna The area of Milkwood trees, which are dying, allegedly due to poisoning.

PHOTO: candyce krishna The area of Milkwood trees, which are dying, allegedly due to poisoning.

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A RESIDENT, who frequents Beachfront Road in Sea Park, is worried about the Admiralty that seems to be dying a “slow, painful death”.

“These trees have definitely been poisoned. It’s strange that the Milkwood trees only in a certain spot are dying and the very same trees elsewhere along the beach are fine,” he said.

“Milkwood trees are protected and nobody is allowed to tamper with them,” he said.

The resident, who has monitored the demise of the trees for a few months, says it appears that more trees seem to be dying each time he visits the beach.

“Somebody needs to investigate this soon,” he said.

The Fever received information that the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff) is aware of the incident and has visited the site. However, official comment from the department could not be obtained.

Officials from Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, accompanied Daff inspectors, confirmed that there is evidence of the clearing of the admiralty reserve, according to municipal spokesperson Simon April.

“The case is with the Daff now and they are carrying out further investigations on this transgression. They [Daff] will give an update as to what the outcome is,” said April.

He added the case was never brought to the attention of the municipality’s environmental management section

“They only heard about it from the media, and then proceeded to investigate.”

Paddy Norman, chairman of the Bendigo Conservancy, said people often cut down vegetation due to ignorance, rather than intent.

“Sometimes people don’t know exactly what it is that they are clearing and they need to be educated about the environment,” he said.

He added that people should work with the environment and not against it.

“The damage could come back to bite us,” he said.

He added that people must take responsibility for their actions.

“It is every one’s legal right to take care of the environment,” said Norman.

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