Land owner fined $15,000 for cutting down trees at Main Arm
A local land owner has been issued penalty notices (on-the-spot fines) totalling $15,000 for illegally removing trees from a property at Main Arm near Mullumbimby.
The five mature Tallowood trees were koala feed trees.
Shannon Burt, Byron Shire Councilâ€™s Director Sustainable Environment and Economy, said Council received a number of complaints about the removal of trees at the property at Main Arm.
â€śStaff investigated and found the removal of the trees was illegal and Council then took legal action against the land owner under the NSW Planning and Environment Act,â€ť Ms Burt said.
â€śCouncil, and our community, takes very seriously, the destruction of trees, especially those that are known food sources for koalas,â€ť she said.
â€śPenalty Notices totalling $15,000 were given to the Main Arm resident highlighting his flagrant breach of the law and the seriousness of removing trees without Council permission,â€ť Ms Burt said.
â€śUnfortunately this does not change the fact that five important native trees were cut down illegally but it does provide a level of satisfaction for local residents that this person has been fined for his actions,â€ť she said.
In a separate incident a person at Suffolk Park has been issued with a $3,000 Penalty Notice for pruning trees on a Byron Shire Council reserve.
â€śIt is not OK for people to prune trees on public land and this fine is a message that this behaviour will not be tolerated by Council or the community,â€ť Ms Burt said.
For more information call Annie Lewis, Media and Communications Coordinator, on 6626 7320.