Baldivis: video of man killing young tree prompts apology

Baldivis: video of man killing young tree prompts apology

A VIDEO of a drunken man killing a young tree in Baldivis has prompted an apology from the perpetrator.

City of Rockingham councillor Matt Whitfield said a resident forwarded him the video.

“I was forwarded the video very early on Sunday morning from a resident who was extremely angry,” he said.

“It appears that this video was taken last Saturday night on the corner of Safety Bay Road and Norseman Approach and the tree has only been in place for around 2 years.

“There are a lot of people in the community who see that Baldivis once used to be a large area with no houses and full of trees and there is still a lot of residual anger over the fact that so many trees, shrubs and fauna have been removed to make way for the increased urban sprawl.”

Cr Whitfield was pleased social media had played a positive role in the episode.

“I shared this video purely in the hope that whomever was responsible would come forward and do the right thing and fix up the tree,” he said.

“I was amazed that the video has been viewed over 16,000 times and the comments generally reflect the views I have just mentioned.”

“Residents cannot understand why someone would so blatantly vandalise a young tree, but also why they would video themselves doing this!

“I am pleased to say that I have been contacted by a Baldivis resident who wholeheartedly apologised for this incident and he is sorry for offending any community members and he has offered to replace the tree himself.

“We have all done silly things when we were young, or in this case when out on a big night drinking, and in the scheme of things this is not a huge deal and once the young man replaces his damage I think we should all accept his apology and move on.”

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