Gold Coast ratepayers will have to foot a major bill after vandals hacked down a stunning 30-year-old Pandanus tree along the north Burleigh foreshore.
The large tree is believed to have been destroyed in the early hours of this morning, shocking local council officers who were alerted to the carnage.
“Words cant explain how I feel,” local Councillor Pauline Young said.
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“This is absolutely disgusting and comes on the back of newly planted trees being snapped off and poisoned just 1km north of this site”.
Cr Young has described the culprit as having “no moral compass” and has vowed to track down those responsible.
“Whoever is doing this has no moral compass and does not care about our city,” she said.
“These acts are criminal and I will continue to work with the police to try to see the offenders prosecuted.”
It’s understood council is now considering placing covert CCTV cameras at various locations in a bid to deter incidents like this from occurring.
“Councils safety camera team is providing advice on this… However we would all rather be focused on proactive issues in our division,” Cr Young said.
A replacement pandanus tree will be planted in the same spot in the coming weeks, at a cost of around $10,000.