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InformationtonyhTue, 18/12/2018 - 3:55pm
An announcement was made recently by the MCC that a decision had been made by Councillors to remove tree and vegetation controls from the Great Lakes Development Control Plan at their September meeting.
This statement has resulted in much confusion and, I suspect, the recent escalation of chainsaw activity in the village.
I have spoken to Josh Duncombe, Tree Management Officer at Forster, for clarification. The Council is legally obligated to follow a process which includes community consultation before the DCP covering tree preservation can be amended. This will take some time.
Meanwhile the existing controls remain in place and significant fines may be levied for unlawful felling. The 10/50 rule is still in place for private property owners for the control of vegetation outside the SEPP 71 area (i.e. more than 100m from the high water mark). Within SEPP 71 areas the 10/50 rule doesn't apply and approval for all felling must be obtained.