Shoalhaven Tree and Vegetation Vandalism Prevention Policy

Please note: Public exhibition has now concluded. Council sought feedback on the draft Policy from 30 July to 28 August 2019.

Shoalhaven City Council has developed a Draft Shoalhaven Tree and Vegetation Vandalism Prevention Policy which aims to reduce and prevent the incidence of continued vandalism to trees and vegetation throughout the Shoalhaven.

The draft Policy has been developed in light of persistent tree and vegetation vandalism on Council owned or managed public reserves throughout the Local Government Area.

Council invites members of the community to view the Draft Policy and to provide feedback during the public exhibition period from 30 July to 28 August 2019.


Background

Tree and vegetation vandalism in the Shoalhaven has often coincided in the coastal areas with development pressure and diminishing views resulting from tree and vegetation growth on public land, but can occur in many public reserves including parks and on private land. These same trees and vegetation are also important assets that preserve the dune system and provide shade along pathways.

Vandalism has a significant and cumulative impact on the environment. Particular impacts include reduced visual and community amenity, loss of environmental services such as carbon storage and sequestration, air pollution reduction, urban heat mitigation, wind-breaks and erosion control, and the loss of wildlife habitat and biodiversity values. There is also a social cost to vegetation vandalism with impacts on public health including mental health and general wellbeing.

Tree and vegetation vandalism can have substantial financial and human resource costs for Council, including the:

  • Direct loss of the asset value of the trees or vegetation,
  • Cost of the investigation, rehabilitation and repairs, and
  • Cost of implementing potential punitive and/or deterrence measures.

Objectives of the Policy

The primary objective of the Tree and Vegetation Vandalism Policy is to reduce and prevent the incidence of continued vandalism to trees and vegetation throughout the Shoalhaven.

Additionally, the Policy aims to:

  • Promote the value of and need for protection of trees and other vegetation.
  • Reduce the incidence of tree and vegetation vandalism by establishing and promoting appropriate protective, investigative and response actions from Council.
  • Provide consistency in Council’s deterrence, investigation, and response procedures to tree and vegetation vandalism.
  • Promote and guide broader community involvement in the prevention of vandalism, and in Council’s response to vandalism incidents.
  • Provide guidance to Council’s investigation officers in the legal uses of surveillance techniques for the purposes of investigating and prosecuting tree and vegetation vandalism offences.
  • Use community education as a key mechanism to promote the value and protection of trees and vegetation, and to encourage the reporting of vandalism.


Shoalhaven City Council has developed a Draft Shoalhaven Tree and Vegetation Vandalism Prevention Policy which aims to reduce and prevent the incidence of continued vandalism to trees and vegetation throughout the Shoalhaven.

The draft Policy has been developed in light of persistent tree and vegetation vandalism on Council owned or managed public reserves throughout the Local Government Area.

Council invites members of the community to view the Draft Policy and to provide feedback during the public exhibition period from 30 July to 28 August 2019.


Background

Tree and vegetation vandalism in the Shoalhaven has often coincided in the coastal areas with development pressure and diminishing views resulting from tree and vegetation growth on public land, but can occur in many public reserves including parks and on private land. These same trees and vegetation are also important assets that preserve the dune system and provide shade along pathways.

Vandalism has a significant and cumulative impact on the environment. Particular impacts include reduced visual and community amenity, loss of environmental services such as carbon storage and sequestration, air pollution reduction, urban heat mitigation, wind-breaks and erosion control, and the loss of wildlife habitat and biodiversity values. There is also a social cost to vegetation vandalism with impacts on public health including mental health and general wellbeing.

Tree and vegetation vandalism can have substantial financial and human resource costs for Council, including the:

  • Direct loss of the asset value of the trees or vegetation,
  • Cost of the investigation, rehabilitation and repairs, and
  • Cost of implementing potential punitive and/or deterrence measures.

Objectives of the Policy

The primary objective of the Tree and Vegetation Vandalism Policy is to reduce and prevent the incidence of continued vandalism to trees and vegetation throughout the Shoalhaven.

Additionally, the Policy aims to:

  • Promote the value of and need for protection of trees and other vegetation.
  • Reduce the incidence of tree and vegetation vandalism by establishing and promoting appropriate protective, investigative and response actions from Council.
  • Provide consistency in Council’s deterrence, investigation, and response procedures to tree and vegetation vandalism.
  • Promote and guide broader community involvement in the prevention of vandalism, and in Council’s response to vandalism incidents.
  • Provide guidance to Council’s investigation officers in the legal uses of surveillance techniques for the purposes of investigating and prosecuting tree and vegetation vandalism offences.
  • Use community education as a key mechanism to promote the value and protection of trees and vegetation, and to encourage the reporting of vandalism.


  • Council invites members of the community to view the Draft Shoalhaven Tree and Vegetation Vandalism Prevention Policy and provide feedback during the public exhibition period from 30 July to 5.00pm 28 August 2019.

    Please view the draft policy online prior to giving feedback. Alternatively, copies are available for viewing at Council’s Nowra or Ulladulla Administration Buildings.

    Submissions can be made by:

    All submissions must be received by 5.00pm Wednesday 28 August 2019. 

    Please note that feedback submitted to

    Council invites members of the community to view the Draft Shoalhaven Tree and Vegetation Vandalism Prevention Policy and provide feedback during the public exhibition period from 30 July to 5.00pm 28 August 2019.

    Please view the draft policy online prior to giving feedback. Alternatively, copies are available for viewing at Council’s Nowra or Ulladulla Administration Buildings.

    Submissions can be made by:

    All submissions must be received by 5.00pm Wednesday 28 August 2019. 

    Please note that feedback submitted to Council on this matter may be open to public inspection without notifying the correspondents.

    Please note: Public exhibition has now concluded. Council sought feedback on the draft Policy from 30 July to 28 August 2019.