Commuters at Murdoch train station in Perth were confused and dismayed after finding several trees cut down in the adjoining carpark.
A local resident posted images to Facebook of at least six trees that had been haphazardly cut down overnight on Saturday.
“Murdoch train station car park shock this morning - all young flowering paper bark trees cut down… disgrace! Why?” she wrote.
The images posted show the trees lying on the ground, leaving bricks, concrete and sawdust scattered all over the car park, with just a few cones to warn motorists of the debris.
“This gave me tears, it loos like a massacre,” one person responded.
“That’s heartbreaking, a beautiful living tree and it was flowering, makes me want to cry,” another person responded.
Some are convinced that it was a professional job that wasn’t thought through.
“You can see the concrete around the trees lifting,” one person commented.
“I’m sure they will plant more suitable trees, pity they didn’t do that in the first place,” a hopeful local commented.
One user was clearly upset, regardless of the reason.
“What is wrong with people? What is going on with our planet? This is really disgusting and this level of stupidity is unfathomable,” she said.
Why the trees were cut down
A spokesperson for Transperth told Yahoo News Australia that the trees were a safety issue and they will be replaced.
“The trees were cut down at the request of the Public Transport Authority.
The roots of the trees were proving invasive and were beginning to push up the surrounding asphalt, creating a tripping hazard, the spokesperson said.
We engaged a contractor to remove the trees, and will be repairing the asphalt in due course.
Once these repairs are complete, the trees will be replaced.”
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