Council crews destroy trees on Urban Food Street in Buderim.
Council crews destroy trees on Urban Food Street in Buderim.

Council crews 'destroy' iconic food street in secret assault

 

Crews moved in without warning on Buderim's Urban Food Street this morning with residents woken to the sound of fruit-laden trees being fed into council mulchers.

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Jess McMurray and Elly Nielsen said there was no time to secure the fruit before their front yard trees were gone.

Miranda Hailes said there was no notice before the clearing began.

"Urban Food Street is no longer, it's destroyed."

A resident who contacted the Sunshine Coast Daily said there was no warning of the council action that started about 9am today.

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"They've ripped out trees full of fruit and put them in grinders and just smashed them all up," a resident said.

The resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said residents in the street were very unhappy, labelling the action as "ridiculous".

"They could have waited until the trees were complete," she said..

"Council just wasted all that food."

 

Jessica McMurray and Paul Harris in Clithero Avenue, Buderim, where Sunshine Coast Council crews have demolished the Urban Food Street project.
Jessica McMurray and Paul Harris in Clithero Avenue, Buderim, where Sunshine Coast Council crews have demolished the Urban Food Street project.

 

Sunshine Coast Council had written to property owners in Buderim who had transformed their footpaths into vegie patches they would need a permit and public liability insurance.

The council has explained it is "fully supportive of the Urban Food Street initiative" and it wasn't its intention to stop the project, but to ensure "the activities can continue with proper approvals in place".

A solicitor estimated public liability insurance to cost between $100-$400 per property owner.


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