Eurobodalla council hunting for tree vandals

EUROBODALLA Shire Council is appealing to residents to help identify the vandals who illegally pruned and removed vegetation at Mystery Bay, Broulee and Narooma foreshore reserves.

The damage at Mystery Bay is believed to have occurred on the October long weekend, which is when Eurobodalla sees an increase in illegal vegetation removal each year.

Council has sent letters to residents who live near the damaged vegetation sites to ask for their help to identify who is responsible.

Temporary tree signs have also been installed to deter any further vandalism and to let people know that illegal tree removal on council reserves can attract significant fines.

Mayor Lindsay Brown said that it was important to preserve foreshore vegetation areas because they protect ecosystems from erosion and provide habitats for native wildlife.

“We all have a role to play in protecting our environment,” said Clr Brown. “Council doesn’t know who is responsible for this damage so we need your help.”

Removing or destroying vegetation on council reserves can result in significant fines or prosecution, with a maximum penalty of $110,000.

If you have witnessed or you have any information about anyone damaging or destroying vegetation, please contact Eurobodalla Shire Council rangers on 4474 1019.

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