While the City of Gosnells has recently boosted its tree-planting efforts, someone has deliberately destroyed a tree valued at $16,800 on Comrie Road in Canning Vale.

The 16m Norfolk Island Pine, located in the roundabout at the intersection of Montezuma Loop and Comrie Road, was cut down on Monday 26 July between 11.20am and 11.35am.

Mayor David Goode, who condemned the unauthorised tree lopping, called on the community to come forward with CCTV or dashcam footage.

“It’s very concerning that someone would cut down a perfectly healthy mature tree and, in the process, block one side of the road and risk the community’s safety,” he said.

“The City has filed a police report for vandalism and is urging nearby residents with CCTV cameras or motorists who may have dashcam video of the incident to come forward.

“We place significant importance on the value of trees, which is supported by our endeavours to plant more trees across the City and by protecting trees under the City’s local laws.”

Mayor Goode reminded the community significant importance was placed on the value of trees, which are also protected under the City’s Local Laws.

Removal of the felled tree cost the City an estimated $1,500, while the remaining trunk will be removed once landscaping is done and the tree is replaced.

Community members with information about the incident can contact Canning Vale Police on 9456 9555 or email council@gosnells.wa.gov.au.