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Those responsible for vandalising two large trees in a suburban street in Revesby, could face individual fines up to $100,000.
City of Canterbury Bankstown Mayor, Khal Asfour, issued the warning after Council Officers inspected the damage in Sherwood Street last month.
"It appears the vandal had intentionally gone out of their way to drill 15 holes in the base of two very large native Brush Box trees, and fill them with poison," Mayor Asfour said.
"Apart from damaging the environment, those responsible have disregarded the safety of surrounding residents and their pets."
Council was informed about the vandalism after receiving a complaint from a resident.
"Our residents are our eyes and ears in the community because our officers can’t be everywhere all the time," Mayor Asfour said.
"On this occasion, I am especially grateful for the information we received from the community because, if we hadn’t, the situation could have been much worse."
Council officers have worked hard to save the trees by saturating them with water to remove toxins however, there has been a rapid decline in the trees’ canopy.
Signage has also been placed at the site, warning locals of the vandalism.
"Our investigation is well underway, with valuable information having been received from residents," Mayor Asfour said.
"However, we still want to hear from others who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in that area, and encourage them to call Council on 9707 9000."
Individual fines range up to $100,000, while corporations face penalties up to $2 million, if found guilty in the Land and Environment Court.
Last financial year, Council investigated 17 tree poisonings in Canterbury-Bankstown.
30/11/2017 3:32 PM