AN ARREST warrant has been issued for a 30 year-old Forrestfield man, who failed to appear in Fremantle Magistrates court after allegedly causing $500 worth of damage at Treeby nature reserve.
A 19 year-old Leeming man was also fined $800 after he pleaded guilty to damaging gates and fences at Rose Shanks Reserve in Treeby.
City of Cockburn environment manager Chris Beatonsaid cameras were placed in the regional park in an effort to catch repeat offenders.
“Trespassers were costing ratepayers thousands of dollars in repair bills, crushing flora in a significant banksia restoration area, disturbing nearby landowners, local wildlife and degrading the landscape,” he said.
“Banksia Eucalypt Woodland in the Rose Shanks Reserve is a listed Threatened Ecological Community by the Federal Department of Environment and Energy and penalties apply for unauthorised clearing.
‘Trespass and damage incidents are not isolated at council-managed reserves. It is estimated in the past three years, fence and gate repairs due to criminal damage has cost ratepayers more than $60,000 a year.”
Anyone with information about this incident or other trespass, damage or dumping crimes should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or speak to Environment Services at the City of Cockburn.