Felled trees belong to club
As I was unavailable for comment in the recent article in the Newslink (‘Dispute parties stumped’, September 28) regarding the cutting down of trees at the Riversdale Golf Club, I would like to comment now.
These poplar trees were established by our founding members in the late 1960s. They are our main wind-breaking shelter belt that protects the course and golfers from the severe south and southwest winds and is approximately 550 metres long.
The golf club has occupied the land that these trees are on since 1965 and they are an integral part of our course and belong to the club. Three of these trees, as reported, were cut down by contractors employed by our neighbour, Mr Brian Dillon, before they could be stopped by local club members, who were notified by a concerned local resident.
The trees are not Dillon’s land.
No consent was given by the golf club to cut down any trees, and we would have lost around 40 trees in total if members and the police hadn’t intervened.
The golf course is on rural land which has no height restrictions on Mr and at no stage was the club approached as to its views on removing or topping these trees prior to Mr Dillon purchasing the land or building his house where he has.
It was only when the house was almost completed that he told us what we had to do and what he wanted, due to the fact that the trees were shading his property.
For the last five years the club executive has maintained a very consistent stance of not being willing to allow these trees to be removed or topped, and have expressed the rationale behind this stance to Mr Dillon on several occasions.
As well as providing essential shelter, these trees also add aesthetic beauty to the course and hold special significance to both our past and current members. Debbie Schriek, President Riversdale Golf Club
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