STIRLING Council has followed other councils, including Mandurah, in changing the City’s Local Planning Scheme to protect trees on private land.
While the arguments for such a change may sound compelling to environmentalists, effectively trees on private property become a public asset. The determination whether or not a tree is significant does not lie solely with the land owner.
Therefore, anyone could buy land only to discover later that a tree on their land could be deemed significant. Having a significant tree on your land will compromise what can be built on that land.
The new policy also requires developers to pay for trees to be planted on verges.
Sounds good until the trees grow into overhead power lines and the council has to trim those trees.
Luckily, policies like this can be changed or repealed if the right people are elected to council.
Les Atkins, Woodlands