Vegetation vandals target Hay Point foreshore

Published: 13 Jul 2022

Five trees have been poisoned at Hay Point.

Council officers discovered the trees on the foreshore area in McCarthy Street in April.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the soil sample tested positive for Metsulfuron methyl.

“This is the same herbicide that was used in 2020 to kill a number of trees in this area,” he said.

“It is extremely disappointing because these plants protect beachfront properties from coastal erosion.

“They also provide habitat for native animals.

“As a result, we will be replanting 15 plants in place of the five that have been destroyed.

“The large billboard sign that was installed in this area in 2020 will also remain in place for a further five years – until 2027.”

The five trees that were destroyed included young she-oaks, pandanus and mature octopus bush.

Anyone with evidence or information relating to this act of vegetation vandalism is encouraged to contact council’s Health and Regulatory team on 1300 MACKAY (622 529).