Greater Shepparton City Council Manager Parks, Sport and Recreation, Heath Chasemore said it was the second incident of damage to trees in this shopping precinct recently.
“This behaviour by a limited number of individuals shows little or no regard for our community and is extremely disappointing.” said Mr Chasemore.
“Wilga trees are hard to propagate and slow growing, however we have had great success with this species in our Vaughan Street precinct where they have prospered and provide great aesthetic appeal to the streetscape as part of our urban forest strategy.”
“The cost of replacing trees and dealing with senseless vandalism ultimately is borne by the ratepayers.”
“With this retail space being such a popular area it is quite possible that members of the community would have seen something relating to this senseless antisocial behaviour. I would encourage members of the public to report any vandalism to the Police,” said Mr Chasemore.