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Whole community to pay for senseless acts of vandals

The City of Whyalla has been dealt another blow, after senseless vandals destroyed a number of trees within Civic.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Whole community to pay for senseless acts of vandals

The City of Whyalla has been dealt another blow, after senseless vandals destroyed a number of trees within Civic.

A large number of trees located at the rear of Civic Park were found with branches snapped in half or ripped off all together.

Acting mayor Tom Antonio said he was incredibly disappointed that the whole community would pay for the senseless actions of others.

“I am disgusted that some people in this community were so thoughtless and took it upon themselves to vandalise these trees so severely,” Mr Antonio said.

“The unfortunate thing about this is that the actions of vandals impact the entire community, because we now have to unnecessarily use our resources to undertake a clean-up, repair the damage, and employ strategies to stop this sort of behaviour in the future.”

Whyalla City Council acting chief executive officer Migelle Hiscock said the council’s outdoor staff that looked after the area were quite distressed to find the trees vandalised.

“Our parks and gardens crew put in a lot of hard work to maintain and care for the trees in this city, to make the area a nice place to live, so to find them so severely damaged is incredibly distressing for our staff,” Mrs Hiscock said.

“In this particular instance, our staff have propagated and planted these trees themselves and cared for them for many years, so to see all their hard work disrespected by a few careless people is incredibly disappointing.”

Following other incidences of vandalism, Mr Antonio is encouraging members of the public to be vigilant and report any wrong-doing they may witness.

“This is our community, and we need to take care of it, so I implore anyone who sees another person doing wrong by our community to report it to the police, and where possible, take a photo on your phone to assist the authorities in catching the culprits,” Mr Antonio said.

“It is up to all of us to make sure the city we live in is being cared for and respected the way that it should be.”

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