Poisoning and hacking attacks on trees in Wellington Point have prompted an appeal by Redland City Council for residents to report any suspicious behaviour.
Attempts have been made poison a large koala habitat tree in O’Connell Parade.
In what appears to be an unrelated act of vandalism, one of Wellington Point’s avenue of colourful ponciana trees has been damaged.
Deputy Mayor and local councillor Wendy Boglary said such attacks on publicly owned trees were an attack on the Redlands lifestyle.
“The natural environment is a key part of the Redlands lifestyle which the community values highly.” she said.
Vandalism to significant koala tree
A large eucalyptus tree in O’Connell Parade appears to have had a hatchet or similar weapon taken to the roots. Holes were drilled into the trunk and a chemical substance applied.
Suspicious activity was reported to the Council in July 2017 and the tree is now under close observation.
The tree, estimated to be 60-70 years old, is regarded by the Council as a a high value koala food tree.
The tree’s health appears to have recovered in recent weeks.
Colourful ponciana tree attacked
One of the ponciana trees in Main Street at Wellington Point has also been attacked. Marks on the tree indicate that it has been hacked at repeatedly.
Deputy Mayor, Wendy Boglary said the tree, situated at 346 Main Road, is over 40 years old and one of the more mature trees in the avenue of poinciana trees along Main Road at Wellington Point.
“People come from far and wide to see Wellington Point in full bloom.” she said.
Previous instances of tree vandalism
Earlier attacks on trees in the Wellington Point Area occurred in 2016 when mangroves were destroyed at the Wellington Point Reserve and on King Island.
Tree vandalism has also occurred previously in the Geoff Skinner Wetlands next to O’Connell Parade in Wellington Point.
In this area the Council has erected signs warning against destruction of trees and other vegetation.
In coastal areas trees and other vegetation may be protected under the Fisheries Act which provides for fines of up to 3,000 penalty units (currently $378,000) for actions such as pruning or trimming mangroves.
Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams said the eyes and ears of Redlanders are needed to catch these vandals.
Anyone observing possible tree vandalism can call the Council on 3829 8999 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.