Van­dalised tree re­placed

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

A RE­PLACE­MENT tree has been planted on the South Perth Fore­shore in place of a ma­ture plane tree that was van­dalised with a chain­saw in June.

On pub­lic land near the Mends Street Jetty, the van­dalised tree, es­ti­mated to be more than 70 years old and 20m tall, was so badly da­m­aged that the City of South Perth had to re­move it.

El­lenby Tree Farm in Gnan­gara do­nated the re­place­ment plane tree, which was planted on Au­gust 3.

Stand­ing about 7m tall with a trunk di­am­e­ter of 100mm, the tree has been planted as close as pos­si­ble to the ex­ist­ing trunk, which re­mains in place as a re­minder of the sense­less act of wil­ful dam­age.

The in­ci­dent was re­ported to the Kens­ing­ton Po­lice and the De­part­ment of Parks and Wildlife, who are as­sist­ing with the City’s own in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

It is an of­fence un­der the City’s Pub­lic Places and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Prop­erty Lo­cal Law 2011 and the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act 1995 for unau­tho­rised per­sons to prune, re­move or oth­er­wise deal with any tree which is un­der the care, con­trol or man­age­ment of the City. Van­dal­is­ing the City’s trees is an of­fence dealt with through the courts.

Records are kept of the 28,000-plus trees in the City of South Perth and the City will con­tinue to re­plant and main­tain trees in re­sponse to bla­tant van­dal­ism.

If you have in­for­ma­tion to iden­tify tree van­dals, con­tact the City on 9474 0777 or email en­quiries@south­perth.wa.gov. au.

The City of South Perth streetscapes team plant the re­place­ment plane tree.

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