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