Community outrage as Shoal Bay trees are vandalised again

The trees that have been reported as vandalised with local environmental advocate Roz Armstrong.


RESIDENTS at Shoal Bay are in outrage after yet another tree vandal has attacked newly planted shade trees on the Shoal Bay Foreshore development.

Two of the trees planted directly opposite the Bay Village complex right in the middle of town have likely been poisoned in the last week.

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Residents are reporting that the trees have withered in a period as short as one week.

The change in these trees emulates what was happening to trees at Dutchies Beach near the playground.

They are calling for Council to install signage immediately in a hope to stop further vandalism of the trees.

Port Stephens Council Candidate for East Ward and Econetwork member Roz Armstrong told News Of The Area, “It’s time Council took the vandalism to our environment in the form of the wilful destruction of trees, young or old more seriously.

“For example I have yet to hear of any investigation and outcome of the marking of trees with yellow crosses on the pathway between Dutchies Beach and Nelson Bay Marina back in early November.

“We need to let these vandals know that they cannot get away with it.

“Where it’s been thought that trees have been poisoned or destroyed to increase view from private properties, the Council should put up bunting to make sure the public knows that it’s a case of vandalism and leave it there while replacement trees mature.”



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