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Bad Signs for coastal vegetation vandals


The Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne, today said large deterrent signs and screens could soon be erected in areas where coastal vegetation had been illegally removed or damaged in reserves.

Ms O'Byrne said consideration was being given to such a strategy which would see signs placed about the same height as the removed and vandalised vegetation.

"Unfortunately, coastal vegetation can come under pressure from people wanting to maximise desirable ocean views by clearing trees that potentially obscure their outlook.

"Deterrent signs would be placed where trees were illegally removed, and remain in place until the natural coastal vegetation is rehabilitated to the condition it was when it was interfered with.

"The signs act as a screen, blocking the view and denying any visual benefit people sought to achieve by senselessly removing such vegetation."

Ms O'Byrne said the Byron Shire Council in NSW had used such methods to discourage people from damaging what is often fragile coastal vegetation.

"Illegal clearing of coastal vegetation has been an on-going issue in the Coningham Coastal Public Reserve, and such signs could be used to combat recurring incidents of vegetation vandalism in this reserve.

"This reserve is there for every Tasmanian to enjoy, and no-one has the right to damage or remove vegetation just because it is desirable for them to do so.

"People who do may find themselves looking at large signs instead of coastal views."

Ms O'Byrne said the Parks and Wildlife Service, which manages the reserve, was keen to support the efforts of the Friends of Coningham community group, which had shown a commendable long-term commitment to protecting the reserve.

"It is disappointing that the integrity of the reserve, and the efforts of the Friends of Coningham, are being undermined by the actions of a few individuals.

"Deterrent signs and screens may be the only way to send the message that such actions will not be tolerated," Ms O'Byrne said.