Revealed: Who is stripping park trees
OBLONG pieces of bark cut from council trees in Chermside and Geebung were used for Indigenous art, NorthernLife.com.au has been told.
Some of the trees were expected to die. The bark will not grow back.
Following tip-offs from witnesses, Brisbane City Council located and spoke to the man who took the bark, NorthernLife.com.au was told.
One cluster of affected trees was located in 7th Brigade Park, just west of the Chermside Dog Park on the southern side of Downfall Creek. The other was in the Downfall Creek Dog Park at Geebung beside Brickyard Rd. (See maps below)
It is believed the artist used a tomahawk to remove the bark. He also was known to camp by Downfall Creek in parks around the area, NorthernLife.com.au was told.
Council regards trees on its land as its property and assigns them a monetary value. Theoretically, it can seek to be recompensed for any damage or destruction. It is believed they will not be prosecuting or pursuing the artist for compensation.
According to the website IndigenousInStyle.com.au, this type of Aboriginal art goes back thousands of years. “Bark paintings were typically used for ceremonial purposes and is still being used today in some areas such as Arnhem Land.”