Trees felled

Augusta Margaret River Times
Shire rangers believe the trees were deliberately felled.
Camera IconShire rangers believe the trees were deliberately felled.

Shire of Augusta-Margaret River emergency service workers found trees deliberately cut down blocking access routes earlier this week.

The trees were found across access roads in Redgate, Brookfield, Cowaramup and in the A-class reserve in Margaret River.

Shire community emergency services manager Adam Jasper said the vandalism was reported to police. “We urge the perpetrators to please stop,” he said.

“These access ways are critical for getting vehicles in and out in emergency situations.

“We can’t afford to be coming across deliberately felled trees during a fire incident when vehicle access can mean the difference of saving lives and properties.

“Please think about the about the potential risk and impact of your actions.”

Mr Jasper said the Shire had removed the trees using resources needed elsewhere.

“This is an unnecessary waste of time and resources just as the prohibited burning period has commenced,” he said.

“If anyone has information about the incidents I urge you to please contact the Shire on 9780 5255.

“Anyone caught felling trees or blocking emergency access ways could be prosecuted.”

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