Nambucca Valley Council asked to chip in for anti-tree vandalism measures at Scotts Head

Photos by Scotts Head Community Group's president Emma Gentle
Photos by Scotts Head Community Group's president Emma Gentle

The poisoning of Scotts Heads' Norfolk Island Pines and other mature trees in the area, was raised at last night's council meeting.

Delegates from the community spoke about the "devastation" felt by many in the community, and implored council to lean on Reflections Holiday Parks to do something to remedy the damage and prevent it from happening again.

"We are beyond angry at what's happened in recent times. At the West Street walkway, Dune Care has been working hard to replant over 100 shrubs, but it's made little difference," Scotts Head Dune Care coordinator Moira Ryan said.

"We've lost 50 metres of dune at West Street."

She said local photographic evidence showed the four conifers behind Little Beach standing at over 2.5 metres just after World War II.

"That makes them over 80 years old," she said.

She was also concerned about the casuarinas that had been felled south of Wakki Beach.

"But they didn't bother to take the lantana or the coastal morning glory. We may never regain what's been lost," Ms Ryan said.

What we ask is that council asks Reflections to take urgent action.

When councillor Susan Jenvey asked what the community would like to see Reflections do, Ms Ryan suggested that reinstating their former bush regeneration budget would be a start.

"But we'd like to see them put signs up, put banners up, and put cameras up," she said.

Council General Manager Michael Coulter said his staff had already offered assistance to help with the problem, which is occurring on Crown Land managed by Reflections.

Council also made suggestions of possible solutions, from experience it had in stemming the issue in Park St, Nambucca Heads, among other places.

Vandals destroyed a large number of recently-planted trees along the Deep Creek shoreline at Valla Beach Reserve in 2016.

Vandals destroyed a large number of recently-planted trees along the Deep Creek shoreline at Valla Beach Reserve in 2016.

"We've strung up large banners as a disincentive to tree vandalism, which also work to reimpose a blockage of view lines," Mr Coulter said.

"This is something that has also been done in other local government areas with success.

"Council has also set up CCTV in some places."

He said council had received a response from Reflections in which they claimed their limited budget did not extend to cover some of these measures.

"They have asked council to help fund some of these anti-vandalism measures," Mr Coulter said.

Mayor Rhonda Hoban said as much as she'd like to solve the issue, which she sees as an important one, council simply did not have the "funds to support this request", and questioned why a local government should be asked to contribute to an issue occurring on Crown Land and managed by a NSW Government-run corporation.

Mr Coulter added that the majority of Crown Land in the valley was already being managed and maintained by the Nambucca Valley Council.

He said council supports the idea that something has to happen, and would continue to have discussions with Reflections to find a solution to the problem.

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