More fig trees poisoned at Burringbar

AT least two more large trees in the centre of Burringbar have been maliciously poisoned.

The Moreton Bay figs have dropped all their leaves and have drill holes in the roots where poison has been poured.

In March this year the Tweed Daily News reported similar vandalism on three larger trees, just 20 metres away.

“Last week I noticed all the leaves on the ground and I could tell it had been done again,” Burringbar General Store co-owner Doug Clarke said.

“I was horrified. These people are criminals.”

Mr Clarke believed the acts are due to the large amount of bats that roost in the trees.

“When they're fruiting there are lots of bats roosting in the trees and they make lots of noise at night,” he said.

“I think someone who lives close has gotten sick of it.”

Mr Clarke said he is aware of two damaged trees this time, but added there could be more.

“I think it's going to keep going.”

The three previous trees have been fenced off by Tweed Shire Council.

“Council's going to remove these trees because the falling branches are a danger,” Mr Clarke said.

Recreation services manager Stewart Brawley said: “It is unfortunate there has been more reporting of large trees being poisoned at Burringbar.”

He said Council had been working closely with the Burringbar community and the RSL to save the previously poisoned trees.

“However, three of them have become too much of a risk, and as a last resort will have to be removed for safety reasons,” he said.

“We are currently investigating the recent reports and ask the community if they have any further information to call council on (02) 6670 2400.”

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