Tree hacking anger

Latrobe City Council has condemned a spate of irreparable vandalism to trees across the Latrobe Valley.

In recent weeks, several young trees along the Moe Yallourn Rail Trail were hacked out; in Fairview Street, Traralgon 13 newly-planted trees were kicked and snapped, and in Madden Street, Morwell several street trees were cut with a handsaw.

Latrobe City deputy mayor Sharon Gibson said the “senseless” destruction of property came at a cost of thousands.

She said the Fairview Street incident alone would cost ratepayers about $2000.

“It’s appalling that there are people in our community who feel the need to inflict this sort of vandalism on trees and property,” Cr Gibson said.

To report acts of vandalism on Latrobe City Council property, phone

1300 367 700.