Vandals have attacked three significant trees in Masterson Park at Burringbar, with the trees now likely to need to be removed.
A drill or similar tool was used to make several holes at the base of two Hoop Pines and one Moreton Bay Fig, presumably to allow poison to be injected to damage the trees.
An inspection by Tweed Shire Council’s Parks Supervisor Paul Fahy found the fig had lost the majority of its leaves and had some signs of regrowth flush, which were consistent with signs of stress.
The pines were dying back from the top and due to their age, Mr Fahy expected a constant decline in their health which would mean they would eventually need to be removed.
Council’s Recreation Services Manager Stewart Brawley said the deliberate attack on these significant trees was outrageous.
“These trees are assets to the broader community which have been part of the village streetscape for many years,” Mr Brawley said.
“We will vigorously pursue prosecution against anyone found to have carried out this act of vandalism.”
Anyone with information on the vandalism to the trees is asked to contact Council’s Recreation Services Unit on (02) 6670 2615.