Residents outraged by tree snapping vandals
RESIDENTS are outraged as seven trees were left sagging on the footpath in a pointless act of vandalism.
The vandalised trees were among 20 Queensland box trees recently planted on Nicholson St near Our Lady of the Southern Cross College as part of the council's Adopt a Street Tree project.
Resident Angie Abbott said the destruction of the plants on the weekend wasn't the first time trees had been ruined in the area. She said one of the newly planted line of gum trees on Russell St, around the corner from Our Lady of the Southern Cross College, had also been snapped within about two weeks of being planted.
Mrs Abbott said about 10 years ago the council planted a line of trees down the street and in time every one of them was vandalised, either snapped off or hit with cars. Out of more than a dozen planted trees, only one really thrived. Mrs Abbott was frustrated with the lack of respect.
"We pay our rates, we pay our bills and I think it's a great initiative for council but in the end that's our rates money that people are destroying,” she said.
A Western Downs Regional Council spokeswoman said vandalism to trees or landscaped areas cost the council about $6000 a year.
"Vandalism acts such as these are few and far between but regardless of how often it happens it is really disappointing when it does,” she said.
Mrs Abbott was particularly angry because of the work her family had put into looking after the trees and tidying the street. She would sometimes prune broken and dead branches from the old trees and her son had taken on the task of mowing the storm water channel along their street.
"This is where I live and I'm sick and tired of it looking awful,” she said.
"They've put in some nice new trees and it makes it better but to see them destroyed is very disappointing.”
Mrs Abbott said she would like to see the council be more vocal about penalties for people caught vandalising the trees.