Cut down for the view
NATIVE trees near the Swan and Canning rivers continue to be killed or pruned by riverside residents in an attempt to gain better views or river access, according to the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
Department riverpark manager Roland Mau said South Perth was a hot spot for vandalism of the riverside trees and there were plans to stop the destruction.
“Depending on the severity of the case, the cost to community can be more than $8000 for investigation, signs, replacement and remediation every time it happens,” Mr Mau said.
He said under legislation, landowners did not have rights to views and convicted vandals risked a $5000 fine.
Mr Mau said the trees were more valuable to the rest of the community as they prevented erosion, provided habitats, shaded riverside parks and cooled riverbanks by 3C to 5C.
The trees also enhanced lifestyles and the environment by providing wind breaks, filtering airborne pollution including car fumes, giving homes to native insects, birds and other wildlife, and improving water quality by filtering runoff into drains and rivers.
“Trees are often vandalised after dark, so unless the public hears sawing or chainsaws, detection of illegal activity such as poisoning may not be apparent until after a few days or even weeks,” Mr Mau said.
Mr Mau said tree vandalism and suspicious activity should be reported at any time.
A Department of Parks and Wildlife officer looks at tree vandalism.