Mosman Council prepares to prosecute third 10/50 case

05 November 2014

Mosman Council is preparing to prosecute a third resident and contractor in relation to the alleged misuse of the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Rule.

Council’s Tree Management Officer attended a Spit Junction residence yesterday (Tuesday) after rangers received a report of an 8m Eucalyptus being cut down.

“We are seeking legal advice with a view to prosecuting the resident and contractor if it is confirmed to be a breach of the 10/50 Rule,” Director of Environment and Planning Craig Covich said.

“We are advising residents that they should seek advice about tree removal by reading Council’s Tree Preservation information or contacting our Tree Management Officer before removing trees.”

Council has prepared a draft submission to the Rural Fire Service which is currently reviewing the 10/50 Rule, seeking to have Mosman excluded from the rule.

The submission follows an amendment made in September which reduced the vegetation clearance entitlement area under the rule from within 350m of some bushfire-prone land to 150m, reducing the affected area from 56% of residential lots to 37%.

“The interim changes were made to the rule, but we don’t feel that Mosman’s concerns have been addressed and we are seeking further changes,” Mr Covich said.

More than 100 significant trees, including some more than 80 years old, have been removed, but none of the instances has been attributed to bushfire risk. Reasons given by residents include:

  • Development related 36%
  • Nuisance 29%
  • Views 10%.

For more information on Council’s Tree Preservation.