4WD wreaks havoc on regenerating bushland at Pierces Creek

Ian Bushnell 27 March 2019 31

Wanton vandalism: The site at Pierces Creek where regenerating bush has been flattened by a 4WD. Photos: ACT Parks and Conservation.

Fifteen years of regeneration in the Lower Cotter Catchment has been flattened by a four-wheel drive vehicle in one of the worst acts of wanton vandalism ACT Parks and Conservation has ever seen.

The area was devastated in the 2003 bushfires but has been regenerating with extensive tree planting but this half hectare site off Laurel Camp Road in Pierces Creek forest now looks like a cyclone has ripped through it.

ACT Policing is now investigating the vandalism in which regenerating native trees and shrubs were deliberately and methodically driven over, giving rangers the impression the offender was trying to clear the site.

ACT Parks rangers came across the damage at about 2 pm on Saturday 23 March and the vandalism is thought to have occurred last Friday and Saturday morning.

A Parks spokesperson said the site would be protected from further 4WD activity using rocks and logs to ensure the native vegetation and species were able to recover.

The maximum penalty for damaging a native tree (over two metres high) on unleased land is a $64,000. In addition to the penalty, a court may also make an order for the responsible person to pay the Territory the cost of making good the damage.

As well as police investigating, Parks has posted images on Facebook and calling for anyone with any information to contact the agency or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at https://act.crimestoppers.com.au/.

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31 Responses to 4WD wreaks havoc on regenerating bushland at Pierces Creek
Michael Kiem Michael Kiem 10:23 am 27 Mar 19

theirs more to this story been there a few of those trees cant be taken out by 4wd and its to flat plus a temporary depot is planned for up there for track maintenance and a drot was delivered up there last week

Joanne Egan Joanne Egan 9:13 pm 26 Mar 19

Possibly on drugs

Catherine Moore Catherine Moore 9:08 pm 26 Mar 19


Colin Wilson Colin Wilson 7:07 pm 26 Mar 19

4WD eh? So you will be looking for someone with a kid in Pre-School.

    Stephen Matthews Stephen Matthews 10:04 pm 26 Mar 19

    Nope.no way they go off road,except for the odd gutter mounting

Grimm Grimm 6:27 pm 26 Mar 19

Maybe if they unlocked all the tracks people wouldn’t feel the need to make their own to get places they have been going for years.

Margaret Wells Margaret Wells 5:09 pm 26 Mar 19

Creeps. Feral little no nothing cretins.

Maelinar Maelinar 4:57 pm 26 Mar 19

Lets say there is a conservative 100 damaged trees in that location, then the extent of the penalty is in the vicinity of 6.4 million. Surely thats enough impetus to get the plod to do a little more than put out a call on facebook isn’t it ?

Bring the guy in, throw the book at him, and put traffic cameras on the entrances to the cotter. Said it before, I’ll keep saying it again.

How much damage is it going to take ?

    Gilavon Gilavon 4:22 pm 27 Mar 19

    Same with the bikie’s shooting up the streets, torching cars and biffing in shopping centres, it appears nothing will move until an innocent bystander/neighbour is injured or killed. One can only hope the grub who did that damage also managed to rip out his sump or diff.

Ben MacLean Ben MacLean 4:33 pm 26 Mar 19

And we wonder why tracks get locked up

    Drew Davey Drew Davey 9:25 pm 26 Mar 19

    Ben MacLean grew up hunting and dirt bike riding this forest ,sad to see 😢

Reidar Jorgensen Reidar Jorgensen 3:15 pm 26 Mar 19

One Nation voters, no doubt

Grant Davenport Grant Davenport 2:39 pm 26 Mar 19

Sadly there are a small number of d@#kheads in this world that wreck it and jeopardise it for those who love, respect and want our beautiful surroundings. People who genuinely enjoy the bush and the camping lifestyle are truly appalled with this sort of idiotic behaviour! Hang them up in public and let us all tar & feather them !! Name & shame I say !!!! Having said that though, they do seem like some decent sort of thickness trees for a bull bar to be pushing over successfully!

Mike Zissler Mike Zissler 1:57 pm 26 Mar 19

Just not acceptable on any level. True 4X4 enthusiasts are appalled by this sort of behaviour. The culprits should be found and their licences to drive anything should be taken off them and then the should be forced through community orders to plant a 100 trees each at least as part of their social rehabilitation.

Valerie Forbes Valerie Forbes 1:54 pm 26 Mar 19

So terrible, isn’t this the area that had bush fires a while ago?

Jenna Vdv Jenna Vdv 12:41 pm 26 Mar 19

Why do this! So stupid!

Donna Venables Donna Venables 12:40 pm 26 Mar 19

That’s more damage than horses would ever do!

    Antoinetta Borrello Antoinetta Borrello 12:50 pm 26 Mar 19

    Donna Venables humans are worse than animals

Lyndsey Ebdon Lyndsey Ebdon 12:36 pm 26 Mar 19

This is why no one can have nice things. Because there’s always some clown who ruins it for the ones who don’t abuse the privilege.

Mudcrab Metcalfe Mudcrab Metcalfe 12:29 pm 26 Mar 19

Ban them all tbh

    Ethan Saunders Ethan Saunders 1:07 pm 26 Mar 19

    Tommy Metcalfe Hyundai only pls

    Steve Wheatley Steve Wheatley 6:18 pm 26 Mar 19

    wrong Tommy. Why ban all 4wd activity in areas because of some scum sucking lowlife. You will find 99% of 4wd persons have respect and treat the bush better than some one who has never been out there or have done any type of 4wd or camping. So don't take the attitude of banning all, it is very wrong and very biased.

Carol Comerford Carol Comerford 12:15 pm 26 Mar 19

I hope you catch the grub😡 throw the book at them! Someone knows who it is and they should dob them in!!!!!!!

Belinda Konz Belinda Konz 12:11 pm 26 Mar 19

This just makes me sad....cant understand why anyone would do this.

    Daniel Palmer Daniel Palmer 12:24 pm 26 Mar 19

    Belinda Konz cause there a complete and utter muppet. Ive meet plenty people like it...

    Belinda Konz Belinda Konz 12:32 pm 26 Mar 19

    Daniel Palmer unfortunately so have I.

    Lyndsey Ebdon Lyndsey Ebdon 12:35 pm 26 Mar 19

    Belinda Konz someone with entitlement issues. Clearly.

    Hans Dimpel Hans Dimpel 12:39 pm 26 Mar 19

    Daniel Palmer unfair to muppets.

    Daniel Palmer Daniel Palmer 1:00 pm 26 Mar 19

    Hans Dimpel true

    Lyndsey Ebdon Lyndsey Ebdon 1:10 pm 26 Mar 19

    Belinda Konz indeed, maybe some mummy/daddy issues too

    Belinda Konz Belinda Konz 1:12 pm 26 Mar 19

    Lyndsey Ebdon my small body part applies to both sexes - have seen stupid behaviour from females in 4wds too!

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