A second ‘‘senseless’’ act of vandalism to a Wilga tree on Vaughan St, Shepparton, will have ratepayers footing the bill to repair the damage.
The vandalised tree, discovered yesterday morning, left Greater Shepparton City Council officers disappointed.
Council’s parks, sport and recreation manager 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,’’ Mr Chasemore said.
‘‘Wilga trees are hard to propagate and slow growing, however we have had great success with this species in our Vaughan St 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.’’
Mr Chasemore speculated that, given the precinct had constant traffic, members of the community might have seen something suspicious.
He encouraged people to report vandalism to police.