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Tree vandalism

Posted on Friday 23 February 2024

On Monday morning 19 February 2024, Council staff received a call from a Balmoral resident stating that they witnessed a person drilling a fig tree along the foreshore of Balmoral.  

Council staff completed an onsite inspection and discovered nine fig trees in the area had been drilled. These included five semi-mature and four mature Port Jackson fig trees. Each tree had numerous drill holes, which may have been filled with herbicide, at their bases.  

Contractors have washed out the drill holes and applied Seasol to the surrounding soil.   

Council staff will be carrying out standard processes including writing to all properties within the vicinity of the drilled trees and will place signs at the site seeking further information from the public.  

The incident has been reported to Police.  

At this stage, Council staff are reasonably confident that the trees will survive.  

The trees will be inspected regularly for further signs of distress.