Tree van­dal sought

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

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.

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