Outrage as tree poisonings impact on endangered bird
BELLINGEN Shire Council and a group of local residents have voiced their disappointment about a section of river bank in Morgo Street Reserve, Urunga, where 13 native trees have been deliberately cut and poisoned by vandals.
In response to a phone call from a concerned local resident, an inspection was undertaken of the river bank next to the corner of Morgo and North St, the council said.
Trees from 1-6m high had been cut off at ground level, limbs removed and holes drilled into their trunks.
The council said the vandalism occurred at a site where a pair of beach stone-curlews had nested for the past few breeding seasons.
Beach stone-curlews are a critically endangered species under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 and it's estimated there are only 15 breeding pairs left in the state.
"I urge the community to come forward with any information on this matter," Bellingen Shire Mayor Mark Troy said.
"Council takes vandalism seriously and is especially disappointed and concerned when such selfish acts damage our natural environment and threaten vulnerable native wildlife, such as the beach stone-curlews, which we are privileged to have the opportunity to look after in our shire."
The incident has been reported to the police. Information can also be passed on to council rangers on 6655 7300.