The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is seeking information on the poisoning of a Salmon Gum in West Lamington which is believed to be more than 50 years old.
Street scaping, including verge trees, is a valuable asset which the City has mechanisms in place to protect and preserve.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said that it causes the City great concern that these assets are being destroyed as it ruins the aesthetics of local neighbourhoods and can also endanger local residents as dead trees, especially eucalypts, drop limbs.
“Our officers have investigated the sudden death of the tree and have determined that this was a deliberate poisoning,” he said.
“City officers will continue to investigate, but we are seeking community assistance, especially anyone who may have seen any suspicious behaviour around street trees.
“These majestic trees are an important part of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder landscape and highlight the social and natural heritage of the area. The deliberate poisoning of such a significant tree, which is home to a variety of birds and houses an active bird nest, is very concerning.”
The City will replace the tree in the same location to help maintain the neighbourhood ecosystem.
Anyone who has seen any suspicious behaviour near street trees can report it through the Snap Send Solve app, or by contacting the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on 9021 9600 and by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Photographic evidence may assist with investigations.