The Phillip Street drain with its flourishing population of Singapore daisy, which Mr Monaghan said is spreading down the waterway.
The Phillip Street drain with its flourishing population of Singapore daisy, which Mr Monaghan said is spreading down the waterway.

Council wants 'weeds' removed

Retired forester Terry Monaghan was sent a noxious weeds notice by Coffs Harbour City Council on February 22 telling him that Council’s Weed Services staff had indicated that an infestation of the noxious weeds Yellow Bells (Tecoma stans) existed on his property.

Tecoma stans is a tree species.

Mr Monaghan said he had only one tree on his 746sqm suburban block in Park Beach.

“I spent 14 years on the committee with (botanist) Alec Floyd and I’m sure I would have noticed a strange tree,” he said.

Mr Monaghan was asked to remove his noxious weeds within 14 days.

Instead of exterminating his non-existent noxious tree, Mr Monaghan wants the council to remove the noxious weeds that are growing luxuriantly in the council drain between 10 and 12 Phillip Street.

He said the condition of the drain was of great concern to numerous citizens living in the area, because in its present condition the lack of maintenance could result in flooding of adjacent houses in the event of heavy rain.

“Council’s drain clearly has a severe infestation of the noxious weeds Singapore Daisy (Wigelia trilobata) that is a recognised environmental weed on the North Coast, and a declared Class 3 Plant under Queensland legislation, and its rapid spreading and invasion of sensitive areas represents a significant threat to the environmentally sensitive Coffs Creek ecosystem,” Mr Monaghan said.

“That thing sends out tentacles six feet long. The spread has been exacerbated by cuttings from council’s slashing, and now stretches almost two hundred metres down along the drain reserve. Other noxious plants noted in council’s drain include lantana, camphor laurel, asparagus weed and umbrella tree.”

“I’ve only got one tree on my block and that’s a Eugenia ... I think I’d have noticed a strange tree”.



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