Illegal Warner Street Rosewood poisoning a "kick in the guts"

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One of three Rosewood trees along Warner Street that have been illegally poisoned. Image: DSC.
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Three of the Rosewood Tress that line Warner Street in Port Douglas have been illegally poisoned by an unknown vandal or vandals.

The poisoned trees were identified during a survey before upgrade works on the north side of Warner Street started earlier this week .

In a statement released today, Douglas Shire Council revealed the perpetrator has cut into the roots and injected poison into the trees. 


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It is an offence under Council’s Local Laws to damage or interfere with vegetation on Council-controlled land and significant penalties apply.

Council have confirmed they will continue to closely monitor the health of the poisoned trees. 

Danielle Piat, one of the main people who campaigned to save the trees when they were first earmarked for removal, said the poisoning is devastating.

“After all that hard work, I can’t believe it, I’m devastated. We worked so hard and the Council has come around we were all on board with the new plan,” she said.

“It feels like someone has kicked me in the guts. It almost feels like a personal attack it’s that close to my heart."

Ms Piat said communication between her group “Save the Rosewoods” and Douglas Shire Council had been positive and everyone was pleased with the upgrade works on Warner Street that would not have removed any of the trees.

“Council sent me a letter about all the works and everything was going really smoothly and Council had been great; everything was so positive and then this.”

“What’s to say whoever did this won’t continue?

“I hope they are found and don’t get a chance to continue poisoning more trees in the street.”

Douglas Shire Mayor, Julia Leu, said staff would thoroughly investigate the incident to find out who is responsible.

“I am gutted,” she said.

“Together, Council and the community came up with a solution that everyone was happy with, so for some vandal to come along and do this is incredibly disappointing.

“I am calling on anyone who may have information to contact Council.”

Anyone with information about the poisoned tress is encouraged to report it to Council on 4099 9444 or email enquiriesdouglas.qld.govau


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