Five magnificent trees, some more than 100-years-old, have been illegally cut down in an act of vandalism at Lerderderg State Park.
Parks Victoria is working with Victoria Police to investigate, and calling on the public to assist with any information about the incident, which occurred at Lerderderg Campground, Upper Chadwick Track, between Sunday 3 December and Monday 4 December.
No wood was taken from the trees, which were cut with chainsaws and left fallen across campsites, while a Parks Victoria, District Manager, Tony English said they are stunned by the scale of this senseless vandalism, which has killed trees that have been growing for more than a century.
“Felling such large trees would have been dangerous, noisy and time-consuming, so we’re asking anyone who might have heard or seen suspicious activity to contact Parks Victoria or Victoria Police.”
Penalties for cutting, felling, removing, damaging or destroying vegetation in national and state parks can include initial fines under the National Parks Act 1975, additional fines under the Wildlife Regulations 2013, and court judgements where further penalties may be applied.
Mr English said his staff will be hard at work to clear the campsite, ready for visitors to enjoy the state park during the Christmas holidays.
Parks Victoria is calling on the public to report any information about the incident to 13 1963 or to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.