THE Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is urging Canberrans to call the police if they see any of the city’s 1700 newly planted trees being vandalised.
“Vandalism of trees occurred this week on Ainslie Avenue, which have so far been replanted three times, and also Limestone Avenue,” she said.
“This is incredibly thoughtless behaviour so please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 or 000 if you witness any suspicious behaviour.”
Ms Gallagher was reflecting on the “great success” of the ACT Government’s annual tree planting activities, which she said had seen more than 1700 trees
planted across the urban area during the 2011-12 financial year.
“The plantings took place along major arterial roads, residential streets and in open space areas including parks and reserves, with the 1700 saplings join the other 700,000 trees that the ACT Government manages throughout Canberra’s city spaces,” she said.
“Various streetscapes have been improved this year with Limestone Avenue, Northbourne Avenue, Gungahlin Drive, Athllon Drive and Boddington Crescent in Kambah all receiving more than 30 trees, while Corroboree Park and open space areas in Gungahlin and Flynn also received new additions.
“The trees planted as part of the annual program were selected to complement the surrounding landscape and for their compatibility with Canberra’s climate.”
This year 50 different species of trees, native and exotic, were planted including Eucalyptus, Casuarina species (She Oaks), Lagerstroemia species (Crepe Myrtle), Cupressus species (Cypress) and Pistacia
species (Pistachio) varieties.
The Government plans to plant more than 2000 trees in the current financial year.