Mayor con­demns van­dal­ism that de­stroyed carpark trees

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS -

Thir­teen semi­ma­ture ca­sua­r­ina trees in the carpark at Mersey Point in Shoal­wa­ter have died from se­ri­ous acts of van­dal­ism.

City of Rock­ing­ham be­lieves the dam­age to the trees oc­curred between six to eight weeks ago, with the trees and sub­se­quent shade they pro­vided the carpark now de­stroyed.

The cost of re­mov­ing and re­plac­ing the dead trees, as well as earth­works as­so­ci­ated with re­mov­ing roots from un­der­neath the sur­face of the carpark, is ex­pected to cost up­wards of $ 60,000.

Mayor Barry Sam­mels con­demned the act of van­dal­ism and called for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward.

“It is ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing to see van­dals ruin so many beau­ti­ful trees which have been a part of the land­scape at Mersey Point for a num­ber of years,” Mr Sam­mels said.

“Mersey Point is one of the City’s busiest carparks, with many res­i­dents and vis­i­tors of­ten park­ing there be­fore they go to the beach or take the ferry across to Pen­guin Is­land.

“Not only do sense­less acts of van­dal­ism cost the City a lot of money, they are also detri­men­tal to the ef­forts un­der­taken through the City’s Green­ing Plan, which is fo­cused on im­prov­ing the city’s green canopy.”

Re­moval of the dead trees will be­gin early in the new year, with re­place­ment trees ex­pected to be planted in mid- 2019.

Signs will also be in­stalled at the site in­form­ing vis­i­tors of the dam­age caused.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can phone the City on 9528 0333 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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