Warning follows tree deaths

L-R: John Murray (Streetscapes and Environment Supervisor) and Mayor Sue Doherty (City of South Perth Mayor).  A tree in Hensman Street in South Perth has been vandalised and poisoned.
L-R: John Murray (Streetscapes and Environment Supervisor) and Mayor Sue Doherty (City of South Perth Mayor). A tree in Hensman Street in South Perth has been vandalised and poisoned.

South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said a WA peppermint tree near the corner of Roseberry Avenue and Mill Point Road appeared to have been tampered with and is now dead while a Queensland Box on the street verge of 20 Hensman Street had recently died.

‘Inspection revealed a number of drill holes in the base of the tree (Queensland Box) that indicates that poisoning may have occurred,’ she said.

‘Trees have previously been poisoned in the city as offenders wish to retain or attain a view or to avoid leaf, berry or nuts being dropped.

‘Any vandalism to street trees is a loss to the amenity of the City of South Perth, which is renowned for its leafy green streetscapes.

‘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 street tree which is under the care, control or management of the City.’