Tree poisoning sparks warning
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.
PENALTIES APPLY: This tree in Bargara has been illegally poisoned.