THE efforts to replant trees lost during Tropical Cyclone Marcia have taken a blow with callous vandals destroying newly planted trees.
Over the past months, a total of 500 semi-mature species have been planted throughout the shire after the tragedy of Cyclone Marcia uprooted trees, flattened saplings and severely damaged vegetation.
Just weeks after being planted, a row of trees along Farnborough Rd have been targeted in acts of vandalism including snapping the newly planted trees, taking down stakes and even removing the trees in certain areas.
Livingstone Shire Council's environment Councillor Adam Belot said it was disappointing to see the hard work of the whole community being undone by a few people doing the wrong thing.
"Our wonderful trees and plants are one of our shire's greatest natural assets and many of our residents will be extremely disappointed to hear that attempts to re-build the natural environment in the area are being hampered by vandals," Cr Belot said.
"The amount of time and effort that have been put into the planting and cultivation of these plants by council's Open Spaces team has now been put to waste by individuals in the community who are unable to appreciate the hard work spent ensuring the Shire is restored to its natural beauty."
Parks Councillor Tom Wyatt urged residents to be vigilant and report any vandalism they see.
"These plants have been supplied by council, for the community, so the entire shire can take pride in them," Cr Wyatt said.
"If you see any suspicious behaviour or have information you'd like to share, please report it to council or the police so we can crack down on this anti-social behaviour."