Calling for community support in protection of trees
  • Thursday 17 October 2013

Sunshine Coast Council is calling for community assistance in the protection of trees and vegetation across the region.

This follows the discovery of two severely damaged trees along the Kings Beach foreshore over the weekend.

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said council takes tree attacks seriously and would quickly replant any damaged tree that has to be removed, into the exact same location.

“As well as shading, enhancing and beautifying our beloved parks, gardens, beaches and foreshores, trees prevent erosion, cleanse the environment, provide a noise, wind and heat buffer and a home for wildlife,” Cr Dwyer said.

“Council will always make every effort to save a tree.

“Unfortunately, after exhausting all options for their management, the two trees along the Kings Beach foreshore will have to be removed and replaced as soon as possible. The replacement trees will be the same species - Cupaniopsis anacardioides (commonly known as Tuckeroo).

“We are calling for the community of Kings Beach to please help us find who is responsible for vandalising these trees and going forward to also support the protection and growth of the new replacement trees.

“Whether the damage to these trees was caused as a foolhardy prank or out of malicious intent, if convicted for vandalising a tree, offenders can face fines up to $85,000.

“In addition, they could also be liable for costs to compensate the community for the monetary value of the tree and costs associated with removal and replacement of the vegetation.”

If you have any information regarding the damage to these trees, or any others throughout the Sunshine Coast region, please contact council via email mail@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au , phone 5475 7272 or live chat.