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Dunedin city councillor David Benson-Pope voiced outrage after a vehicle was deliberately driven over the street's median strip last June, destroying $10,000 worth of toothed lancewood and native tussock, earlier planted by Delta contractors.
''This is just such a mindless waste of everyone's money,'' he said.
Cr Benson-Pope pointed out that the DCC had limited funds to spend and it was ''important to make the city look as attractive as we can for residents and visitors''.
Asked about progress on the planting work, DCC transport engineering and road safety team leader Hjarne Poulsen said yesterday that the planting had started late last week.
''We're expecting the work to be completed by the end of April''.
Orange sedge grass, mountain flax, toothed lancewood trees, and cabbage trees were being planted.
Asked what was being done to prevent the previous vandalism from being repeated, Mr Poulsen said kerbs had now been constructed ''which will protect the median''.
''Bollards will be installed by each tree and landscaping rocks will further deter any repeat vandalism,'' he said.
Asked if the addition of rocks and shrubs, and high external kerbs and some posts would protect against vandalism, he said ''that is the intention''.
The installation by contractors of new concrete kerbs and channelling was part of a $500,000 upgrade in upper Stuart St on behalf of the council, a council spokeswoman said.