Trees in Shoalwater carpark dead after ‘senseless acts of vandalism’

Staff ReporterSound Telegraph
The dead trees at Mersey Point carpark.
Camera IconThe dead trees at Mersey Point carpark. Credit: City of Rockingham

Thirteen semi-mature casuarina trees in the carpark at Mersey Point in Shoalwater have died following serious acts of vandalism.

City of Rockingham believes the damage to the trees occurred between six to eight weeks ago, with the trees and subsequent shade they provided the carpark now destroyed.

The cost of removing and replacing the dead trees, as well as earthworks associated with removing roots from underneath the surface of the carpark, is expected to cost $50,000-$60,000.

Mayor Barry Sammels condemned the act of vandalism and called for anyone with information to come forward.

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“It is extremely disappointing to see vandals ruin so many beautiful trees which have been a part of the landscape at Mersey Point for a number of years,” Mr Sammels said.

“Mersey Point is one of the City’s busiest carparks, with many residents and visitors often parking there before they go to the beach or take the ferry across to Penguin Island.

“Not only do senseless acts of vandalism cost the City a lot of money, they are also detrimental to the efforts undertaken through the City’s Greening Plan, which is focused on improving the City’s green canopy.”

Removal of the dead trees will begin early in the new year, with replacement trees expected to be planted in mid-2019.

Signage will also be installed at the site informing visitors of the damage caused.

Anyone with information can contact the City on 9528 0333 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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