Tree poi­son­ing sparks warn­ing

Isis Town and Country - - News -

THE coun­cil is tak­ing a zero-tol­er­ance ap­proach to the wil­ful dam­age of trees on coun­cil re­serves fol­low­ing the sus­pected poi­son­ing of a ma­ture tree.

Cr Wayne Honor said this type of be­hav­iour was un­ac­cept­able.

“The na­tive veg­e­ta­tion planted through­out the re­gion is im­por­tant to the aes­thet­ics of our parks and open spa­ces as well as the preser­va­tion of our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment,” Cr Honor said.

“At the end of the day, these trees are public prop­erty and any unau­tho­rised in­ter­fer­ence with them is con­sid­ered a crim­i­nal of­fence.”

The coun­cil’s parks team no­ticed the health of a More­ton Bay Ash tree in a residential area had quickly de­te­ri­o­rated.

“A closer in­spec­tion re­vealed drill holes at the bot­tom of the tree which we sus­pect con­tained poi­son. This More­ton Bay Ash was part of the rem­nant veg­e­ta­tion of the area pre-de­vel­op­ment and was re­tained dur­ing the de­vel­op­ment to main­tain some of the link­ages to the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment of the area,” Cr Hon­our said.

“Rather than re­move the tree, coun­cil has re­solved to leave the tree in place and we have erected a sign call­ing on mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to pro­vide coun­cil with any in­for­ma­tion they may have re­lat­ing to the wil­ful dam­age of the tree.”

“While parks staff will keep a close eye on the tree to en­sure it does not pose a safety risk, it will re­main in place un­til fur­ther no­tice,” he said.

Un­der the coun­cil’s lo­cal laws, fines can be is­sued for the wil­ful dam­age of a tree, car­ry­ing a max­i­mum of 50 penalty units, which equates to $5892.50.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the wil­ful dam­age of any veg­e­ta­tion on coun­cil re­serves should phone the coun­cil on 1300 883 699.

PHOTOS: MIKE KNOTT BUN110915POISON2

PENAL­TIES AP­PLY: This tree in Bar­gara has been il­le­gally poi­soned.

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