Tree vandal sought
THE City of South Perth has reported an incident of wilful damage to a tree on public land.
The mature plane tree, estimated to be over 70 years old and 20 metres tall, was vandalised with what appears to be a chainsaw on June 19.
The prominent tree on the South Perth foreshore, close to the Mends Street jetty and gazebo, was so badly damaged at its base that it was a public safety risk.
The City had no option other than to remove the tree, which has an estimated amenity value of $223,000.
It has filed a report with Kensington police and requested CCTV footage from the Department of Transport and local businesses.
The City has also contacted the Department of Parks and Wildlife for assistance with the City’s own investigation.
The incident follows the poisoning of a mature Eucalyptus tree, also in Sir James Mitchell Park on the South Perth foreshore, in January.
In that instance the poisoned tree was replaced with four eucalyptus trees.
“This latest act of mindless vandalism is extremely disappointing,” Deputy Mayor Glenn Cridland said.
“This criminal act seems to be part of a disturbing pattern of harm to trees on South Perth foreshore.
“This beautiful plane tree was part of the City’s iconic gateway to Mends Street. The loss of it will be deeply felt by many members of the community, including adults and children who walk and play along that part of the foreshore every day.
“The stump of the tree will be left in place as a reminder of this extreme act of vandalism.
“The City is committed in its efforts to fight against damage to trees and protecting South Perth’s beautiful natural environment.
“Tree vandalism destroys the local amenity and costs ratepayers thousands of dollars each year.
“The criminal responsible is now warned – when they are caught, they will be prosecuted and the City will seek to recover the substantial costs of dealing with this damage and replacing the beautiful tree.”
The tree before it was cut down.
The damage to the trunk.