Tree vandals anger Noel

Noel Baxter is disgusted plants have been ripped out of the ground and destroyed.
Noel Baxter is disgusted plants have been ripped out of the ground and destroyed. Allan Reinikka

EARLY morning walks are supposed to be relaxing but what Noel Baxter saw on his Saturday stroll made his blood boil.

In front of him were scores of small trees strewn over Rockhampton's Moores Creek Rd after being pulled out from along the median strip.

Rockhampton Regional Council yesterday said in a release that ratepayers would foot the damage bill of around $1240 thanks to "thoughtless vandals" who Noel thought may have been watching and struck twice.

After reports from residents, council officers managed to get 45 plants back into the ground by 5.30am, but by 6am, the plants had been pulled out again and this time strewn across the road, driven over and destroyed.

Cr Cherie Rutherford and Cr Rose Swadling said yesterday they were outraged by the needless destruction.

Cr Rutherford said the council would consider locating a mobile closed circuit television camera in the area.

"It is extremely disappointing that there are members of our community who take it upon themselves to destroy the good work of others," she said.

Cr Swadling said this was around the sixth time the plants had to be replaced and the cost to the community was unacceptable.

"I was called and went down to help clean up the destruction and was amazed at the callous nature of it.

"I'm sure that residents would agree that this money is better spent elsewhere," she said.

Noel yesterday pointed the finger at a group of people and couldn't figure out why they would do such a thing.

"This is an act of pure vandalism. I have never seen anything like it," he said.

"I fail to understand how someone driving past and who lives nearby wouldn't have seen it."

People with information should call the council's Customer Service Centre on 1300 22 55 77 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  rockhampton regional council trees vandalism

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