Chicane Park Kettering

Doomed trees

A person or persons unknown has taken it upon themselves to poison a large number of trees in a little local park that has been lovingly developed over the past year or more.

Looks like we can kiss these trees goodbye.

Residents of Kettering have expressed their sadness and outrage over the wanton environmental vandalism perpetrated on over thirty-five mature wattle and gum trees located in the now picturesque ‘chicane’ parkland area at the junction of Channel Highway and Corby Road.

The photos below show some of the damage inflicted (click to enlarge):

Kingborough Council’s Natural Resource Manager has conducted an initial site investigation and will be making further inquiries into the drilled holes and suspected poisoning.  Local Police may become involved.

The volunteer Kettering Landcare Group, who have been instrumental in making the park a pleasant place, were shattered to discover the area now surrounded by dead and dying trees.  Several of the trees attacked are believed to have been originally grown from seed through the Understorey Network.

If you believe you may have information regarding this matter, please contact Rene Raichert, Natural Resources Manager, Kingborough Council on 62118299.

Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

This article is based on a report originally written and circulated to members of the Kettering Association by Secretary, Stephanie Hay.

Post-script:  The issue made Kingborough Council’s Community, Arts and Environment Committee meeting on 5 October 2015 and the ABC News on 8 October 2015.

You can listen to the discussion that took place at the committee meeting here (2.6Mb MP3) – if you hear a buzz in the background its not a problem with your player.  The quality of the original recording was a bit dodgy.

The motion, moved by Cr.Winter and seconded by Cr. Atkinson, was endorsed unanimously by the committee and reads:

The Committee recommends to Council that, with regards to damage to vegetation on Council-managed land at Corbys Road, Kettering, it:

  1. Condemns the senseless vandalism.
  2. Assist the Tasmanian Police, if requested, in its investigation of the damage.
  3. Supports the Kettering community in re-establishing the vegetation.