Trees axed to get river views

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

MOSMAN Park res­i­dents are al­legedly hack­ing down trees to get bet­ter views of the Swan River.

The Town of Mosman Park has also re­ceived sev­eral re­cent re­ports of new trees be­ing van­dalised and pool wa­ter be­ing dumped on to river­side bush.

This month, coun­cil­lors will con­sider steel struc­tures to block the views cre­ated af­ter about seven river­side trees were cut near West­meath Street in Minim Cove.

“This is the worst case of van­dal­ism I’ve seen and the best rea­son for in­stalling steel trees to re­place the views cre­ated by this be­cause this isn’t dieback, this should be the com­mu­nity fight­ing back,” Mayor Ron Nor­ris said,

The coun­cil sus­pects the van­dals to be res­i­dents.

“But I would find it highly un­likely it’s a neigh­bour as most of us are aware they will put up signs and you can be fined,” West­meath Street res­i­dent Kate Smyth, who was un­aware of the dam­aged trees un­til shown last Wed­nes­day, said.

Re­cent photos show the ero­sion caused when pri­vate pool wa­ter was pumped into a river­side park near Colo­nial Gar­dens, where there are long-stand­ing re­ports of river­side trees be­ing il­le­gally cut, about 1.5km up­stream from Minim Cove.

The coun­cil reveg­e­tated the ero­sion dam­age but re­place­ment trees were re­moved two weeks later.

In the past month, at­tempts were made to kill six of seven new coun­cil-planted trees on John­ston Pa­rade in Mosman Bay and hand tools were used in a sim­i­lar at­tack in Garangup Park in Minim Cove re­cently.

The Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife has been in­formed about the Minim Cove van­dal­ism.

Those re­spon­si­ble can be pun­ished with fines of $5000 and river­side veg­e­ta­tion ed­u­ca­tion signs that block views.

A Depart­ment spokes­woman said dam­aged pep­per­mint trees near West­meath Mews were un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion but they were not aware of Colo­nial Gar­dens or John­ston Pa­rade van­dal­ism in the past two months.

“How­ever, there has been a his­tory of veg­e­ta­tion dam­age in­ci­dents in the vicin­ity of Colo­nial Gar­dens,” the spokes­woman said.

She said the Depart­ment in­ves­ti­gated the pool wa­ter dis­charge in Septem­ber and a con­trac­tor was fined $200 be­cause of the ero­sion.

Re­port tree van­dal­ism to the coun­cil on 9384 1633 or DPaW on 9278 0900.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

Mayor Ron Nor­ris, with trees hacked near Minim Cove, says it’s time to fight back against van­dal­ism on the Swan River.

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