A REPLACEMENT tree has been planted on the South Perth Foreshore in place of a mature plane tree that was vandalised with a chainsaw in June.
On public land near the Mends Street Jetty, the vandalised tree, estimated to be more than 70 years old and 20m tall, was so badly damaged that the City of South Perth had to remove it.
Ellenby Tree Farm in Gnangara donated the replacement plane tree, which was planted on August 3.
Standing about 7m tall with a trunk diameter of 100mm, the tree has been planted as close as possible to the existing trunk, which remains in place as a reminder of the senseless act of wilful damage.
The incident was reported to the Kensington Police and the Department of Parks and Wildlife, who are assisting with the City’s own investigation.
It is an offence under the City’s Public Places and Local Government Property Local Law 2011 and the Local Government Act 1995 for unauthorised persons to prune, remove or otherwise deal with any tree which is under the care, control or management of the City. Vandalising the City’s trees is an offence dealt with through the courts.
Records are kept of the 28,000-plus trees in the City of South Perth and the City will continue to replant and maintain trees in response to blatant vandalism.
If you have information to identify tree vandals, contact the City on 9474 0777 or email email@example.com.