Trees vandalised along Wallis Creek
Maitland residents are urged to keep an eye on local trees following a serious vandalism incident along Wallis Creek near Rathluba Lagoon.
Recently it was discovered that between 25 and 30 trees, mostly ironbarks, had been attacked by someone using an axe or something similar.
Council’s Manager Development and Environment David Simm says, ‘Unfortunately this issue has been a hot topic recently and comes just weeks after the illegal removal of trees along Mt Vincent Road. While most of these trees will live, many are quite sick and are now completely vulnerable to disease.
‘It’s really important that people know that this is happening so that they can report any attacks to Council and/or the police. For the perpetrators, if you are caught you face fines that range from $22,000 to $1.65 million depending on the offence type for destruction of native vegetation. Additionally imprisonment of up to two years can also be imposed’.
These particular trees along Wallis Creek near Rathluba Lagoon were purposely planted to assist with habitat creation, reduce the amount of weed growth along the bank and assist with potential erosion of the creek bank.