Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Towradgi Park trees felled in overnight attack

Wollongong City Council is investigating an incident of vandalism that saw two Norfolk Island Pine trees destroyed in Towradgi Park overnight.

The trees were planted in 2009 as part of Council’s Urban Greening Strategy to increase the tree canopy across the city to improve shade options in public spaces and add greenery.

Wollongong City Lord Mayor, Gordon Bradbery AM said destroying public property was a selfish act

“We know there are many local residents who’ve been very upset by this destructive act. The trees are there for everyone to enjoy, they provide shade, shelter, and beauty. This sort of behaviour disrespects all those who value our natural spaces,” Lord Mayor Bradbery said.

“In addition to reporting to NSW Police, Council will conduct an investigation into this incident, and we will be taking steps to install signage at this location. We will also look at replanting trees to make up for this loss. Tree vandalism is not acceptable, and this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated.’’

“Tree vandalism is a deliberate act, often undertaken in the cover of darkness and we all need to work together to prevent any further damage to our city’s trees,” he said.

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