POLICE will be asked to investigate the second successive theft and vandalism of young trees at Dennington which has cost the city council and ratepayers more than $2000.
A Warrnambool City Council spokesman yesterday said the incidents were frustrating attempts to put a buffer between houses and a new extension of the industrial estate.
Twenty-five sheoaks planted last week on Harrington Road, south of Baynes Street, were gone by Tuesday this week.
Some had been thrown on the roadside while others vanished.
A similar number of trees planted on the same roadside two years ago were vandalised and removed about two months ago.
City council infrastructure services manager Glenn Reddick said police would be asked to make inquiries.
“Each batch of trees and associated labour costs the council between $1000 and $1500,” he said.
“It’s disappointing that council efforts to beautify the area are being thwarted.
“We wanted to beautify and soften the urban appearance of industrial development.
“Our efforts have been disrupted, but we will replant next year when weather conditions are more suitable. We would ask the community to be vigilant in reporting suspicious activity.
“Vandalism costs the council and ratepayers thousands of dollars each year,” Mr Reddick said.
Meanwhile, hundreds more trees planted around the stormwater basin about two years ago are still growing, protected by a security fence.