Drill sounds at night sparks report to police

SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOUR: Redland Bay police said someone had contacted the station last week, telling police two people wearing black clothes had walked near their home about 9.30pm on Sunday, August 5. Drill sounds were heard about the same time.
SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOUR: Redland Bay police said someone had contacted the station last week, telling police two people wearing black clothes had walked near their home about 9.30pm on Sunday, August 5. Drill sounds were heard about the same time.

REDLAND City Council is checking Redland Bay foreshore for signs of tree vandalism after a report was made to police about electric drill sounds at night.

Redland Bay police said someone had contacted the station last week, telling police two people wearing black clothes had walked near their home about 9.30pm on Sunday, August 5.

The caller said they had heard a drill being used about the same time and believed the pair were involved in tree vandalism.

A tree with three holes drilled into it along the Esplanade was later found.

Redland Bay police said incidents of wilful damage to trees in foreshore areas offering bayside views was often reported.

Drilling holes into established trees could not cause too much harm unless poison was poured in, which it often was.

A council spokesperson said attempts to kill foreshore trees in the vicinity happened often, urging witnesses to report information to police.

“In cases of tree vandalism, the more information the public can provide will assist with establishing who may have been responsible,” the spokesperson said.

In February, vandals tried to kill an old gum tree at Wellington Point’s O’Connell Parade by pouring chemicals into holes drilled into the tree and axing the root system.

A poinciana along Main Road at Wellington Point was also targeted, prompting calls from councillors for residents to report suspicious behaviour near trees.

The council spokesperson said people could be fined $652 by council for tree vandalism.

Harsher penalties and prosecution could apply.

“Council takes a harsh view of tree poisoning on Redlands Coast, where the protection of our vegetation is important for the community, amenity and wildlife,” the spokesperson said.

“Tree vandals can be issued a compliance notice to rectify the damage if appropriate, plus a fine of $652 or prosecution in some cases where higher penalties could apply.

“Non-compliance with a compliance notice can result in a further fine of $652 and remediation works carried out by council, with the costs being passed to the perpetrator.”

To make a tree vandalism report, contact Redland City Council’s customer service team on 3829 8999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.