Native Trees Deliberately Destroyed Along Collingwood Beach

by Madelaine North,

Shoalhaven City Council has become aware of ongoing tree and vegetation vandalism at Collingwood Beach. Council treats tree and vegetation vandalism seriously and is currently investigating this issue. Any assistance from members of the public would be greatly appreciated and rewards are on offer where the information provided may lead to identification of the individuals responsible.

Vegetation growing on dune systems protects nearby infrastructure from erosion and provides crucial habitat for many endemic animal species. Coastal dunes provide very important protection against coastal hazards such as wind erosion, excessive wave action and tidal overruns during storm events.

Council hopes that residents will take an active approach in understanding the need for coastal areas to remain in a natural vegetated condition and assist Council to protect not only the natural environment, but in the longer-term, people’s homes and properties.

The community are reminded to report tree and vegetation vandalism to Council in accordance with the Shoalhaven Tree and Vegetation Vandalism Prevention Policy.

Reports of vandalism can be made online, by phone or in person.

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