Director of City Services Fleur Flanery says an inspection last week revealed that three English Elm, nine Roman Cypress and four Chinese Pistachio trees were stolen from Flynn Place between Thursday September 5 and Monday September 9.
A further six young trees were vandalised last week along Captain Cook Crescent in Narrabundah and are reportedly beyond repair. This is in addition to the 60 newly planted trees which have been vandalised so far this year.
“Our reserves and urban open space areas are for people to enjoy, so it is very disappointing when our staff and members of the community find trees damaged or stolen,” says Ms Flanery.
“A great deal of time and money is invested into planting and maintaining our trees and urban spaces. Theft and deliberate damage of trees is an extremely disappointing act that affects the whole community and leads to a waste of taxpayer’s money. Resources which could otherwise be used more constructively need to be diverted, while the amenity of public places is impacted.”
Anyone with information about the vandalism and theft of trees and plants should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.