Sandon Point tree vandals continue their cowardly strikes

LATEST OUTRAGE: The most recent attack was the blatant poisoning of these native trees in the Sandon Point reserve. Picture: BEN LANGFORD. Right: Drill hole with poison residue in most recent attack.
LATEST OUTRAGE: The most recent attack was the blatant poisoning of these native trees in the Sandon Point reserve. Picture: BEN LANGFORD. Right: Drill hole with poison residue in most recent attack.

The northern suburbs’ cowardly tree vandals are at it again, sneaking out to poison more native vegetation near Bulli’s iconic surf spot Sandon Point.

The latest attack will kill a prominent stand of coast banksias near the cycle path.

Large holes have been drilled in the trunks, with poison residue having flowed out and dried on the bark.

Some Bulli residents have complained about trees not being properly maintained, but these were a stand which had been recently trimmed and mulched.

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This is the latest in an ongoing series of tree vandalism, with deliberate killing of trees happening at McCauleys Beach, Sharkys Beach at Coledale, Nicholson Park at Woonona, and several at Sandon Point.

JUST 200m away: This stand of trees was killed at Sandon Point in August - clearly the work of people trying to improve their view. Pictures: BEN LANGFORD.

JUST 200m away: This stand of trees was killed at Sandon Point in August - clearly the work of people trying to improve their view. Pictures: BEN LANGFORD.

In August a large stand of myoporum trees was killed, just 200m from the latest site, with chainsaws involved.

Wollongong City Council once again asked the public to report tree vandalism when they came across it.

“Council is aware of the recent tree poisoning at Sandon Point,” a spokesman said. “This is an ongoing issue and we encourage any person who has witnessed acts or has information about any poisoning of flora to contact council.

“As we have stated in the past council will investigate and prosecute those who wilfully poison flora on public reserves and parks.”