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Tuesday July 11 2017
Tree theft sparks warning THEFT OF trees from Charlesworth Reserve now has the city council warning people to keep an eye out for ‘suspicious activity’. A man was spotted by park users and police officers on community patrol removing cabbage trees from the reserve recently and was stopped before he could get away. It has prompted the city council to ask the public to be aware of people acting suspiciously around parks throughout the Tanya city. Jenkins City council park ranger Andrew Crossland said the thefts highlighted an ongoing problem for parks staff, with trees and plants regularly being stolen from reserves, parks and roadsides. “In the case of Charlesworth Reserve, we were incredibly lucky that members of the public took action when they saw the suspicious behaviour. We’re also very happy that a passing police patrol took action and cautioned the man involved. They also
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HABITAT: Trees at Charlesworth Reserve provide a habitat for native birds. made him replant the trees,’’ Mr Crossland said. He said it was disappointing for not only the rangers but also for ratepayers – who have funded the planting of the trees “These parks are for everyone to enjoy so for someone to come in and rip out established trees
and plants is just senseless and heartbreaking for us,” he said. Estuary Trust Restoration Team co-ordinator, Tanya Jenkins is extremely disappointed that someone has resorted to stealing from this public reserve, an important habitat for native wetland birds.
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Mr Crossland said trees were in parks and reserves for environmental reasons and also for the enjoyment of the community. He urged walkers and other park users to be on the alert and report any suspicious behaviour.
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