Reward offer in bid to nab Evans tree killers

RICHMOND Valley Council is calling on local residents to 'dob in' a tree killer for a $2000 reward.

The council is seeking any information regarding the recent poisoning of trees in the Evans Head area.

The reward for information follows an investigation into a series of tree poisoning incidents that have occurred over the last few months.

This is the first time that the council has offered a reward in a bid to find the culprits.

Mayor Charlie Cox said tree poisoning had occurred before in Evans Head, but the latest incidents were too serious to be overlooked.

“We can only guess what might be behind it, but we feel it was a deliberate action by people wanting to improve their water views,” Cr Cox said.

Staff from the council and the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change recently visited the sites to find that eucalypt and coastal banksia trees had been poisoned.

At least one of these trees was of significant size and age and was on the riverbank adjacent to Ocean Drive.

A number of coastal banksias have also been found poisoned next to the 4WD access track off Terrace Street.

Requests to remove trees and vegetation on public land must be forwarded to the council and will only be approved if trees are a safety or fire hazard, are causing damage to buildings, or if they are weeds.

Anyone who has information about these matters or any other tree poisonings should contact the Bushland Conservation team on 6660 0300.



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