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Wollongong City Council

Murals illustrate community opposition to tree vandalism

Wednesday 14 April 2021

Community mural

Two mural panels acknowledging our community’s connection to the two Belmore Basin tea trees which were brutally vandalised late last year have been installed today in the harbourside location.

The murals were a collaboration between Council and community in response to the outpouring of community grief over the malicious damage done to two historic tea trees. For the development of the pieces, community members were invited to share drawings, photographs or words about the historic trees.

“These murals pay homage to the strong community spirit that surrounds these beautiful trees and defy those who destroyed them for their own selfish reasons,” Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said.

“Council is taking a new approach in response to this example of tree vandalism. The murals are a physical reminder for both the community who loved the trees and those responsible for their destruction that we do not take vandalism lightly.”

The murals share the space with the damaged trees and are a reminder of the impact the trees destruction had on the community.

The murals will sit alongside the previously installed “Beauty of Trees” signage that that outlines the vandalism that occurred at the site.

Council will continue to monitor the tree in the hope that they will be able to rejuvenate over the next 12 months.

“Tree vandalism is a deliberate act of premeditated, mindless and wanton vandalism. It’s a self-centred act that wastes community resources, destroys the beauty of our natural spaces and prevents future generations from enjoying the benefits of trees,” Cr Bradbery said.

“We all need to work together to prevent further damage to our city’s trees. If you see any acts of tree vandalism, contact Council or the NSW Police.”