Tree chop no laugh­ing mat­ter

Kook­aburra sits on the new tree stump

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - wil­liam.north@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au Bill North

A DE­VEL­OPER who re­moved sev­eral trees from a prop­erty at Iluka has not breached any de­vel­op­ment guide­lines, ac­cord­ing to Clarence Val­ley Council.

About five trees were re­duced to stumps at the site of a derelict ser­vice sta­tion on the cor­ner of Young St and Spenser St on Fri­day morn­ing.

It in­fu­ri­ated lo­cal res­i­dents who claimed there had been no com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion and that the trees were of en­vi­ron­men­tal sig­nif­i­cance.

Neigh­bour Kay Tre­ble was left shaken by the sight of res­i­dent kook­abur­ras perched on the stumps left be­hind.

“There was a ter­ri­ble noise near my unit and it was the re­moval of five beau­ti­ful trees at the back,” Mrs Tre­ble said.

“Lo and be­hold, I looked across and there were five kook­abur­ras sit­ting on their stumps.

“I’m not a gree­nie and I can’t stand the Greens but I just think what they’ve done is en­vi­ron­men­tal van­dal­ism. There’s a lot of bird life and wa­ter lizards who live here.

“If it’s been ap­proved, how did it get ap­proved?”

It is un­der­stood Clarence Val­ley re­ceived a num­ber of com­plaints and in­quiries re­lated to the de­vel­op­ment.

Mrs Tre­ble said she was told by a council of­fi­cial that only the re­moval of petrol tanks had been ap­proved at the prop­erty.

But Clarence Val­ley Council en­vi­ron­ment, plan­ning and com­mu­nity direc­tor Des Schroder said devel­op­ers had not vi­o­lated any Lo­cal Govern­ment code.

“Council of­fi­cers had in­spected the site and all tree re­movals were al­low­able un­der the De­vel­op­ment Con­trol Plan for the area,” Mr Schroder said. A council spokesman said a gum tree next to a re­tain­ing wall met the cri­te­ria for the dan­ger­ous pro­vi­sions ex­ten­sion. Other trees were un­der the 3m height re­stric­tion and oth­ers were co­cos palms, which are listed as weeds un­der the Nox­ious Weeds Act 1993.

❝ I’m not a gree­nie and I can’t stand the Greens, but I just think what they’ve done is en­vi­ron­men­tal van­dal­ism. — Iluka res­i­dent Kay Tre­ble

PHOTO: KAY TRE­BLE

HOME­LESS: Kook­abur­ras who once resided in about five trees that were re­moved from a prop­erty on the cor­ner of Young St and Spenser St in Iluka on Fri­day perch them­selves on the tree stumps and posts that re­main.

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