The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is investigating the recent illegal pruning and clearing of peppermint trees along Albany Terrace in Augusta.Several reports from community members were made to the Shire last week after observing significant damage to the vegetation.
Approximately 50 metres of roadside vegetation appears to have been targeted, with vegetation cut to almost ground level in parts, between residential properties and the ocean.
This coastal vegetation is really sensitive to disturbance, which is why it is so important to protect. It provides a refuge for local native flora and fauna, including the critically endangered western ringtail possum. Damage like this has the potential to reduce the quality and condition of the vegetation and increase its vulnerability to threats such as weeds and erosion.
The Shire has been investigating the reports of the illegal damage and has contacted nearby residents for any information.
Significant penalties can apply to anyone undertaking clearing without the necessary approvals.
Did you notice anything? If anyone has information regarding this matter, they are encouraged to contact the Shire of Augusta Margaret River on 9780 5255 or [email protected]
12 Jul 2022 Topic Type
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