Bundalong River Red Gum on life support and investigation underway

Published on 04 March 2019

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Local Bundalong residents and council staff are working together to save one of the local community’s last remaining River Red Gums after it was deliberately poisoned.

"We are extremely grateful to the property owner who reported the attack to us," said Moira Shire General Manager Infrastructure Andrew Close.

"A number of holes have been drilled in the trunk in a deliberate and planned effort to kill this magnificent tree located on the corner of Lakeside Drive and Graham Avenue, Bundalong.

"The tree is on life support with residents, council staff and tree experts doing all they can to try and save it.

"The tree is estimated to be 200-300 years old and valued at almost $200,000 so we are taking the investigation very seriously and we have engaged some very new and high tech support from experts in this field.

"We are also asking the local community to share with us any information they have that could help us identify the individuals responsible for this deliberate and calculated attack on this magnificent tree.

A range of surveillance and community information efforts are underway and anyone with information is encouraged to contact council by phone, email or via the website.

"If you have noticed any activity around the tree in the past four weeks please share it with Council - we only need your information and you are not required to provide your name or contact details," said Mr Close.