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Tree vandals could face $100k penalty

Tree vandals could face $100k penalty People responsible for attempting to vandalise two large trees in a suburban street in Padstow stand to face fines up to $100,000. No Tree vandals could face $100k penalty People responsible for attempting to vandalise two large trees in a suburban street in Padstow stand to face fines up to $100,000.  
Tree branches

​​People responsible for attempting to vandalise two large trees in a suburban street in Padstow stand to face fines up to $100,000.

Administrator, Richard Colley, issued the warning after Council Officers inspected the damage in Anthony Avenue and Faraday Road, Padstow.

“Two very tall indigenous Eucalyptus, Grey Box, have been drilled and the holes have been filled with poison.

“This behaviour is despicable, and it won’t be tolerated in our community. These people have thoughtlessly disregarded the safety of surrounding residents,” Mr Colley said.

Council was informed about the vandalism after receiving a complaint from a resident.

“I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the person who rang through with the information because if they hadn’t, who knows what could have happened? ”Mr Colley said.

Council officers are working hard to save the two trees by drenching them in water to remove the toxins. Signage has also been put up warning locals of the vandalism.

“We have also launched an investigation and have already received a number of tips from locals.

“I’m appealing to the local community, who may have seen any suspicious activity around the area, to come forward to help us catch the culprits.

“The amount of damage caused to these trees would have taken someone quite some time so we believe more than one person may have seen something.

“Our residents are Council’s eyes and ears when it comes to illegal activity. We can’t be everywhere and they know that so they often help out by dobbing in those doing the wrong thing.”

In the past, Council has proven cases of poisoning a large Eucalypt, with the court ordering the offender pay a $60,000 penalty.

People who may have seen someone acting suspicious around these trees should call Council on 9707 9000.


 30/11/2017 3:25 PM