Bronwyn Trathen, Murwillumbah
This is a plea to Tweed Shire Council not to axe mature trees at Budd Park.
1. On the river you have a beautiful, and very valuable, jacaranda. This is an upper-storey tree that frames the river. As a compromise you can take out the lower storeys so you can see the river. Remember, mature trees are very valuable as they take a long time to grow. They provide shade and are welcoming to visitors. If you have only grass people will not spend time there, especially in the hotter months. Mature trees reduce the temperature very considerably.
2. Put a walkway between the parking area and the river, not a road for cars. Cars go along there to the pub and this is unnecessary.
3. The line of rainforest trees in front of the carpark provide much-needed shade for cars of visitors to the information centre. Many of the visitors are elderly and require shade. I know; I was paid to look after the information centre three days a week for over two years.
4. A stone wall can be built out in front of the mature trees. Remember the trees help stabilise the bank.
Please, please look again at this plan.