Eucalypt vandalised outside 141 Livingstine Road Marrickville. No stakes and judging by the size this tree was planted in 2013 or 2014. What a stupid loss.

Eucalypt vandalised outside 141 Livingstone Road Marrickville. No stakes and judging by the size this tree was planted in 2013 or 2014. What a stupid loss.

Secateurs to mulitple branches at the top of the tree.

Secateurs to mulitple branches at the top of the tree.

Secateurs to mulitple middle branches.

Secateurs to mulitple middle branches.

Secateurs to lower branches.

Secateurs to lower branches.

What is wrong with people? Why do they think it is their right to vandalise public trees? Why do they think it is okay to remove or vandalise street trees that the community has paid for?

Some facts –

  • The verge is owned by Marrickville Council.
  • The street trees are Council property, which also means they are the property of the ratepayers, as Council essentially works for the community to make our lives better.  However, just because they are collectively owned, does not mean that it is legal for a person to remove or willfully damage a public tree.
  • Each street tree costs a whopping $1,000 to get into the ground.  Larger trees probably cost more.  Therefore, tree vandalism is stealing from the community.
  • Marrickville municipality’s urban forest canopy is currently deemed ‘poor.’   It will take considerably longer for Council to increase our urban forest if people keep vandalizing & killing public trees.
  • The beauty of our streetscapes depends largely on street trees & landscaping. While tiles on footpaths do make looking down nicer for pedestrians, they cannot be seen unless standing on top of them or from nearby.

Most people do not like ugly streetscapes. Marrickville Council is working to improve our streetscapes by removing concrete, creating verge gardens & by planting street trees. We all benefit from this.

Please grow a conscience & stop vandalizing public trees. They are not your property to do with as you please.

Newly planted Eucalypt in Myrtle Street Marrickville vandalised. This is a perfect site for this tree. Another incomprehensible act of vandalism.

Newly planted Eucalypt in Myrtle Street Marrickville vandalised. This is a perfect site for this tree. Another incomprehensible act of vandalism.

Snapped off. Thank you....not.

Snapped off. Thank you….not.

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