Vandals stoop to new low
Cessnock City Council expressed its utter disappointment following an incident in Kearsley on Monday night where three recently planted Crepe Myrtle trees were run down by a vehicle.
The new trees, at $600 each, were chosen as they were mature, would take quickly, grow successfully and fit in with the other Crepe Myrtles flowering across the region.
The planting of these trees forms part of a larger project to install new information bays and signage in prominent locations across the region.
In Kearsley, the location of the new information bay is Jeffery Park, which will also include a new carpark, turf, signage and fencing around the popular playground.
Three more trees were due to be planted on the other side of the driveway, but now these will be used to replace the ones that were destroyed, ultimately reducing the beauty of the site.
Council staff will also install tree guards to protect the new trees at a cost of $1,500, which will also come out of the budget for the project.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said he was disgusted with this destructive behaviour and it saddened him that vandals continue to ruin things for the rest of the community.
“This project is such a positive one for our residents and visitors and it is an absolute disgrace that people can have such little respect for what we’re trying to achieve as a community.”
"This is a facility we should be proud of and one residents can show off to their visiting family and friends.”
“We need to stamp this out as it’s an ongoing problem in our community, so if you ever see or hear anything about vandalism, I encourage you to report it straight away,” added Cr Pynsent.
If you have any information about this incident, please contact Cessnock Police on 4991 0199.