Tree vandalism can be defined as the unlawful destruction, damage or injury to trees on community and private land. Examples include poisoning, ringbarking, pruning and removal.
All reports are treated by Council as confidential and vandalism of trees on private property will be acted on as a breach of Council’s Tree Management Policy. An investigation will be undertaken and can incur a penalty of up to $1.1 million under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (1979).
The following information will help when reporting tree vandalism:
- Property address.
- Persons involved, company, vehicle details including registration, photos taken.
- Date and time of the incident.
- What the person/s used – e.g. chainsaw, ladders, ropes, hand saws, any machinery/equipment used.
- Details of the trees – how many, their location on the property, i.e. front yard/back yard, tree species (if known), height/width – the more information the better.
Contact Wollongong City Council Customer Service phone (02) 4227 7111.
Fill out the on-line Removal Complaint
Tree and Vegetation Vandalism Policy
Council is currently developing a Tree and Vegetation Vandalism Policy to provide clear guidelines for the investigation and response to incidents of deliberate damage to trees and other vegetation on Council owned and managed land.