Investigation underway into Towradgi tree vandalism

One of the vandalised trees at Towradgi Park

THIS morning Towradgi residents woke to the disappointing news that two Norfolk Island Pine trees along the northern coastal cycleway had been destroyed by an act of vandalism.

The trees were planted in Towradgi Park as part of Wollongong City Council’s Urban Greening Strategy in 2009 to improve shade options in public spaces and add greenery.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said Council takes tree vandalism of any kind seriously and has reported the destruction of public property to police. He said that 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,” Cr 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.’’

Anyone with information – or any other acts of tree vandalism – is asked to contact Council or police.

“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,” Cr Bradbery said.

“It is not right that one individual or individuals can destroy trees in public spaces that are meant for everyone, so please if you know something tell us or the NSW Police.”

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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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