Media comment: Mowing and parks maintenance: Cooloola Coast
24 January 2018
Mowing and parks maintenance – Cooloola Coast
Rainbow Beach Community News
Please provide comments on the ongoing maintenance across the Rainbow Beach region and lookout park area. Does Council have a scheduled date for cotton tree trimming?
Council acknowledges the concerns that have been raised and has commenced a review of the maintenance activities across the Cooloola Coast. This activity is not budgeted for annually and there are no further plans to prune the cotton trees on the embankment in this current financial year.
Council will make an assessment in the coming months and place it in the 2018-19 budget considerations.
Whilst we understand the need to ensure all of the high profile tourist areas in the Gympie region are at optimal presentation prior to holiday periods, we also need to understand the service levels outside of the main centres in holiday periods. This is a detailed exercise to understand the service levels we can provide with improved scheduling and current budget, as well as identifying any additional resources that may need to be considered in the forthcoming 2018-19 budget deliberations.
Council has established a program of pruning the cotton trees along the foreshore three times per year. Ideally they are pruned at a time that allows them to allow some regrowth before holiday periods. This work was carried out in the last week of November and is expected to occur in the first week of March, prior to the Easter holiday.