About 35 trees – including native Banksia, Marri and slow-growing Jarrah – have been damaged and in some cases destroyed by vandals at Marri Reserve in Eaton.
The Shire of Dardanup Parks & Environment Team has launched a clean-up of the Reserve to clear all dead and broken material resulting from the attacks along with a large amount of litter.
Signs have been installed encouraging residents to report any further incidents and Rangers are also conducting a door-knock of nearby residences to raise awareness about the problem.
Shire of Dardanup Director of Engineering & Development Services Luke Botica said inspections of the Reserve showed some of the attacks had been undertaken with an axe.
Several cubby houses made from tree stems and branches suggested children were likely to be involved in at least some of the incidents.
“While it is great to think children are playing in their local bushland instead of being stuck inside on screens, we need to ensure their activities are both safe and not causing damage to the environment,” Mr Botica said.
“The amount of damage left behind at this – one of our premier reserves – is quite disappointing and we would want to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
“The Shire will undertake some revegetation work however promoting the environment’s recovery from this scale of damage will not only be expensive but take a long period of time.”
Features of Marri Reserve (off Peppermint Way, Eaton):
- Healthy areas of Banksia Woodland which is a nationally threatened species
- Massive 400 year-old Marri tree
- Two species of Sun Orchids not found in any other Shire Reserve.
Residents interested in being part of a planting day at Marri Reserve in late May/early June to help with the restoration process are asked to register their interest with Shire Environment Officer Jackie Nichol by emailing: Jackie.Nichol@dardanup.wa.gov.au