Parks and Wildlife seeks help with tower vandals

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is seeking help from the public to find out who vandalised the Mount Seaview fire lookout tower in Claymore Road in the Jarrahwood State forest block south-east of Busselton.

The vandalism was reported to DPaW by a local farmer who had a past connection with the structure.

DPaW’s acting Blackwood District Manager Brad Commins said the vandals had used chainsaws to hack down the hand-hewn legs of the 25 metre tower last Thursday.

It is believed the vandals took away some of the legs. The rest had been left as a pile on the forest floor.

“DPaW crews have reclaimed all usable timber from the site,” Mr Commins said.

“The usable timber is being stored until we decide what to do with it.”

Seaview tower was part of DPaW’s fire detection network. The tower had been decommissioned about 20 years ago but the structure had been retained as part of the forest history of the south-west.

Mr Commins said people with any information should contact the department’s Blackwood district on 9752 5555 or the Police on Crimestoppers 1300 333 000.

 

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