Felling little more than vandalism
Fifty years ago felling a mature tree would hardly raise an eyebrow. Today it’s a different equation. What makes the incident at Gelorup disturbing is those responsible may have done it for political point-scoring.
Had it been for firewood then at least that’s an explanation of “me first” behaviour, not an excuse. If it’s for political gain there’s none, a 400-year-old jarrah is dead and nothing but nothing can change that. What part of absurd do these morons not understand.
Put it this way, the perpetrator stood smugly beside his/her ill-gotten trophy; meanwhile there’s families who are trying to keep warm during this wretch of a winter. Before the politically correct burst into hysterics what else would you do, have the tree mounted? Vandalism costs this community, simple as that.
Subsequently, there’s two easy things these legends in their own lunchtime can do, stop vandalising our native forests and (B) get a life.