Balcatta resident fears for her safety after trees near her property were vandalised

Balcatta resident fears for her safety after trees near her property were vandalised

BALCATTA resident Ruza Radojkovic fears for her safety after verge trees were vandalised in front of her property.

Ms Radojkovic, who lives on Jones Street, said verge trees planted by the City of Stirling were continuously vandalised and torn up.

“There are people who deliberately vandalise it…it usually happens through the night and I am usually asleep or inside the house,” she said.

“I found cigarette butts and footprints outside my main door.

“I do not feel really safe, you have to lock yourself in, lock up the gate and you have to be more aware of your surroundings.”

City of Stirling parks and reserves manager Ian Hunter said the council received on-going vandalism reports in the vicinity of Jones and Beryl streets.

“The City has had approximately 48 new street trees vandalised in the area in the past two years; the City has lodged a police report at the local station,” he said.

“The occasional isolated damage occurs but not to this level of intensity; this is most unusual.”

Mr Hunter said the City was unaware of who was damaging the trees and urged residents to report these incidents.

“It appears to be more than random damage given the concentration and numbers of trees vandalised,” he said.

“Extra security patrols will also occur in this locale.”

He said there were different costs associated with replacing a damaged street tree.

“It costs around $170 to buy and plant a good sized street tree on City verges, but when weekly summer watering is factored over two subsequent years, it costs $540,” he said.

“The loss is not just the monetary costs but also the delayed establishment of the trees in bringing the benefits that street trees provide – such as improved amenity of the neighbourhood (and property prices) and cooler urban environments.”

Residents with information on this incident or any vandalism of street trees should report it to the City on 9205 8555.