Why are native plants being replaced at Terrigal?


While, enjoying my morning swim at Terrigal I looked back to the land and noticed the large area where native trees have been removed, exposing the units and homes behind.
For years now, I’ve watched the continual removal of the vegetation along Terrigal beach front.
I’ve been disappointed with the planting of a box hedge on the footpath and watched it continually struggle to grow, and I have been concerned at the time it must take Council staff to trim and maintain it.
Happening now is the staged removal of native plants growing on the eastern side of Terrigal Drive, on the high side of the road, from the north of Painters Lane.
The removal of mature banksia plants along with many other established natives and the planting of small oleanders is very disappointing and short-sighted.
Especially considering that Oleanders in some parts of NSW and Queensland are considered weeds.
Why are these established natives being removed and replaced with introduces species and why is it considered appropriate to tack in a piece of treated pine timber to hold back the mulch?
Clearly, a bit of heavy rain would wash all the mulch and topsoil onto the road and then to the beach.
We should be embracing our unique and most beautiful native plants and encouraging them to grow in green spaces and creating corridors of indigenous vegetation in these areas, not planting future weeds which will need control and eradication.
Come on Central Coast Council embrace our beautiful local, native plants.

Email, Jan 24
Joy Cooper, Green Point