Vandal caught on CCTV ripping out palm trees in Goondiwindi main street

Cleaning up after a vandal. Pictured from left are Council Parks and Gardens staff, Adam Castle, Jack Hunt, Pieter Kruger and Janette Moloney.
Cleaning up after a vandal. Pictured from left are Council Parks and Gardens staff, Adam Castle, Jack Hunt, Pieter Kruger and Janette Moloney.

A vandal who ripped out three palm trees in Marshall Street has paid the price after his "stupid act" was caught on CCTV.

Goondiwindi Regional Council Mayor Graeme Scheu has described the damage to several palm trees on Marshall Street as "a stupid act of vandalism".

He has been charged and has agreed to pay for the cost of the plants.

"I just wish that this bloke's mates had the courage on the night to tell him to pull his head in and not damage them in the first place," Cr Scheu said.

"Our staff work very hard to present our towns in such a pleasant way and it just makes me wild to see their work disrespected in this way."

The vandal targeted palm trees in the planters on Marshall Street on Saturday night between 10pm - 11pm.

Three plants were completely snapped off at the roots with several others less severely damaged.

A number of local businesses collaborated with Council and the Goondiwindi Police to share CCTV footage of the incident.

Cr Scheu says the incident validates a recent council decision to invested in 26 more security cameras across public areas and Council-owned facilities in Goondiwindi.

He said the decision was in response to community requests for greater coverage across the CBD.

Council worked with local businesses in town to map the existing CCTV coverage area and to determine which areas should be prioritised to have cameras installed.

Cr Scheu said the project would help ensure that incidents like these are not able to slip through the net.

"I am so pleased that we managed to get camera footage of the culprit," the Mayor said.

"I understand that the Goondiwindi Police have already identified and charged the individual involved as a result of some co-operation from witnesses.

"I thank the Police for their quick action in that regard."

Goondiwindi Regional Council's Parks and Gardens team has already taken action to repair the damaged palm trees temporarily before they are replaced.

It was another big week for Goondiwindi Police mainly due to a number of call outs to drunken behaviour. Charges ranged from vandalism to drink-driving and failure to leave a hotel.