Tree Vandalism

Tree Vandalism Policy

This policy guides the investigation and assessment of incidents of malicious damage to trees. It also details the procedures to be followed once the level of significance of the incident has been assessed. On average there are 4 or 5 incidents per year of low-medium-high severities.


Trees shouldn't die for a view! 

In North Sydney native trees are being killed for water views. All the benefits provided by trees are incrementally reduced with every healthy tree killed.

Every case of tree vandalism costs ratepayers! Depending on the severity of the case, the cost to the community can be more than $8000 for investigation, signage, replacement and remediation every time it happens.

Tree vandalism is defined as:

the unlawful destruction, damage or injury to trees and vegetation on community and private land.

Examples include poisoning, mowing, pruning, removal and ringbarking.


Tree vandalism is illegal. Help stop it happening again.

Reporting tree vandalism is treated confidentially and will be acted on immediately as a breach of the Tree Preservation Order.

As determined in the Tree Vandalism Policy an investigation will occur and a $10,000 reward is offered for information leading to a successful prosecution. An offence under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (1979) can incur a penalty of up to $1.1 million.


Report tree vandalism or suspicious activity

Step 1 Record information

  • location
  • address
  • photos of person and or vehicle details

Step 2 Report information


Useful Contacts

North Sydney Council ph: 9936 8100


Arboriculture Australia


Ausgrid ph: 13 13 88

Tree trimming


Land and Environment Court ph: 9228 8388

LEC Court website

LEC Court tree dispute process


Community Justice Centre ph: 1800 990 777

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