Tree Vandalism

 Have Your Say on the issue of Tree Vandalism

The trees of Willoughby are a valuable asset providing shade, climate amelioration, oxygen and bird habitat.

Council is seeking your comments on tree vandalism and encourages you to join in our discussion forum below and let us know your views on what steps we can take to identify and reduce vandalism, whether rewards for information that result in prosecutions will work and whether signage that identifies sites where tree vandalism has occurred is appropriate.

Prior to commenting in the dicussion forum, please refer to the "Library" to the right for copies of the Draft Policy, examples of signs and banners from other Councils, and a background report.

Council’s current procedure in dealing with tree vandalism is being updated in light of acts of tree vandalism within our community. This is particularly apparent where development pressure and conflicts between water views and vegetation results in wanton damage to trees and vegetation on public and private land.

The physical nature of tree and vegetation vandalism can occur in a variety of forms, including poisoning, pruning and removal. This kind of vandalism has a significant and cumulative impact on the environment. Particular impacts include reduced visual and community amenity, loss of environmental factors, such as wind-breaks and erosion control, and loss of wildlife habitat.

Tree vandalism can have substantial financial and human resource costs for Council. These include the direct loss of the asset value of the trees or vegetation, the cost of the investigation, rehabilitation and repair costs, and the cost of implementing potential punitive/ deterrence measures.

Council is keen to hear your views and those of your colleagues, friends and neighbours so that we can work with you to reduce tree vandalism in our community. Have your say now!

 Have Your Say on the issue of Tree Vandalism

The trees of Willoughby are a valuable asset providing shade, climate amelioration, oxygen and bird habitat.

Council is seeking your comments on tree vandalism and encourages you to join in our discussion forum below and let us know your views on what steps we can take to identify and reduce vandalism, whether rewards for information that result in prosecutions will work and whether signage that identifies sites where tree vandalism has occurred is appropriate.

Prior to commenting in the dicussion forum, please refer to the "Library" to the right for copies of the Draft Policy, examples of signs and banners from other Councils, and a background report.

Council’s current procedure in dealing with tree vandalism is being updated in light of acts of tree vandalism within our community. This is particularly apparent where development pressure and conflicts between water views and vegetation results in wanton damage to trees and vegetation on public and private land.

The physical nature of tree and vegetation vandalism can occur in a variety of forms, including poisoning, pruning and removal. This kind of vandalism has a significant and cumulative impact on the environment. Particular impacts include reduced visual and community amenity, loss of environmental factors, such as wind-breaks and erosion control, and loss of wildlife habitat.

Tree vandalism can have substantial financial and human resource costs for Council. These include the direct loss of the asset value of the trees or vegetation, the cost of the investigation, rehabilitation and repair costs, and the cost of implementing potential punitive/ deterrence measures.

Council is keen to hear your views and those of your colleagues, friends and neighbours so that we can work with you to reduce tree vandalism in our community. Have your say now!

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
Discussions: All (3) Open (3)
  • Do you consider that a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to a successful prosecution, would produce witnesses? 

    Do you consider that a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to a successful prosecution, would produce witnesses? 

  • The placement of a banner or sign at the site of tree vandalism is becoming more common as it is an effective way to raise the profile of the issue and act as a deterrent for the future. Given the often covert nature of tree vandalism, can you suggest an alternative approach?

    The placement of a banner or sign at the site of tree vandalism is becoming more common as it is an effective way to raise the profile of the issue and act as a deterrent for the future. Given the often covert nature of tree vandalism, can you suggest an alternative approach?

  • The revised process clarifies how incidents of tree vandalism will be dealt with.  Are there other steps that could be taken to deter tree vandalism?

    The revised process clarifies how incidents of tree vandalism will be dealt with.  Are there other steps that could be taken to deter tree vandalism?