SEVERAL trees planted on South Yunderup’s Wellya Crescent Reserve by the Shire of Murray have been deliberately attacked with an axe and destroyed in a senseless act of vandalism.
Shire president David Bolt said targeted and purposeful destruction of trees was a prosecutable offence.
“Not only are these acts a nuisance to reserve users, associated replacement costs are ultimately at the expense of ratepayers,’’ he said.
“Community consultation has identified a public desire for greener streets and parks and the Shire developed its tree planning program to make the district and its amenities more visually appealing and inviting for residents and visitors.”
Cr Bolt said trees were important community assets and helped ensure a healthier environment through their capacity to combat climate change and provide oxygen.
‘Trees help clean the air, conserve energy and cool the environment by shading our homes and streets,” he said.
“Trees save water, help prevent water pollution and soil erosion, create a habitat for fauna and provide protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays especially pertinent for this South Yunderup reserve.
“It is in individual and the wider community’s best interest that trees are preserved and respected and the community supports the Shire’s greening initiatives.”
Residents should report acts of vandalism on 9531 7777.