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Attack on public tree prosecuted in court

Posted Wednesday 29 May 2013

Looking Back at Balmoral 609

Council’s Tree Management Officer has successfully prosecuted for the unauthorised removal of a public tree.

On 1 May 2013 the Mosman resident was convicted and fined a substantial amount along with an order to contribute to Council’s professional costs. The defendant was given twenty eight days to pay.

In handing down his judgement, the magistrate:

  • Noted the emotional attitude towards restoration of trees which has developed in the public.
  • Referred to the amateurish attempt of the defendant to cut limbs down leading to the cutting down of the whole tree.
  • Noted that the whole community suffers from acts such as that of the defendant.
  • Showed incredulity towards the defendant’s ignorance of the need to obtain consent to remove such a tree and his failure to make use of professional help.
  • Noted the trend to higher penalties in such matters on the basis of the legal authority that was handed down to him.

Further information on tree management throughout Mosman can be accessed here on Council’s website or contact Council’s Tree Management Officer on 9978 4000.

Image: Mosman’s urban forest seen from the waters of Hunter’s Bay.