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Tree vandalism

Tree vandalism is the intentional destruction of trees.

Why protect trees from vandalism?

Trees are an important natural resource and contribute to our garden City by beautifying our neighbourhoods. They generate oxygen, provide shade and privacy, as well as being a critical part of our ecosystem providing habitat and food for animals and insects.  Trees also play an important role in cooling our suburbs, reducing storm water pollution and run off, and removing carbon from the atmosphere.

Vandalism to trees on public land

It is important we protect our trees and the City will investigate all reports of tree vandalism.

Intentional vandalism may result in:

  • Infringement notice issued with a penalty.
  • Signs installed to notify the community of the vandalism.  The size of the sign will be proportionate to the scale of the tree damaged, as detailed in the City’s Urban Trees Policy.
  • Painting dead trees to highlight their demise.
  • The matter being referred to the WA Police.

If the damage or vandalism has occurred on a development site in breach of development conditions, as well as the person or company responsible:

  • Paying the amenity value of the tree.
  • Replacing the tree with an approved tree.
  • Being subject to actions associated with intentional vandalism.
What can you do to help?

You can help us protect our trees by:

  • Contacting the City if you notice any unusual activity around trees.
  • Volunteering to help nurture a tree back to health or ‘adopt a tree’ if the vandalised tree needs to be replaced.
  • Talking to your neighbours to raise awareness of tree vandalism.
  • Volunteering for community tree planting days and bush care programs.
Examples of tree vandalism


Poisoned Queensland Box tree - Annison Place, Morley


Lopped Melaleuca tree - Sussex Street, Maylands

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