Vandals have struck again in Burringbar with a senseless attack on a number of young and established trees in Masterson Park near a significant war memorial in the heart of the village.
The brazen vandals even re-poisoned trees which were attacked in March this year, making certain of their removal because of safety issues.
Tweed Shire Council is calling for information from the public with the hope of pursuing a prosecution.
The new attack is a major disappointment to Tweed Shire Council and members of the Burringbar Sub-Branch of the RSL who have tried to save the trees poisoned earlier this year.
Burringbar RSL Sub-Branch president Alan Vincent said the latest poisoning was particularly upsetting as his organisation was working towards a celebration for the 90th anniversary of the World War I memorial in September.
“We’re pretty certain that this was the first World War I memorial unveiled on the Tweed, so it is significant,” Mr Vincent said.
“Those trees were planted were planted to shade the ex-servicemen when they marched.”
Council’s Manager Recreation Services Stewart Brawley said the vandals used the same method of drilling into the tree trunk to inject poison as employed earlier in the year.
“It is unfortunate there has been confirmation of an additional five young fig trees in a regeneration area and the old fig tree and pine that were previously poisoned have been re-poisoned,” Mr Brawley said.
“We have been working closely with the Burringbar community and the RSL to save the previously poisoned trees, however, three of them have become too much of a risk and as a last resort will have to be removed for safety reasons.
“Council is unaware of the motivation behind these pointless attacks on our public natural and cultural assets.
“We will vigorously pursue prosecution against anyone found to have carried out this act of vandalism.
“We appeal to the community if they have any information that may lead to identifying the culprits to come forward and contact us on (02) 6670 2400.”
The niece of the park’s namesake Sam Masterson, Sheila Howard of Burringbar, was saddened to hear the news of the fresh attack on the trees.
“I remember my uncle used to spend hours and hours there planting trees to beautify the area for the war memorial,” Mrs Howard said.
“I’m sure he planted that big pine.”