Council prosecutes resident for illegally removing, pruning trees

12/02/2018

Georges River Council has successfully prosecuted a resident of the local area for the unauthorised removal of a tree and damaging six trees on Council property.

Appearing in Sutherland Local Court on Tuesday 30 January 2018, Judith Sears pleaded guilty to removing a Palm Tree from her property and to significantly pruning six trees at Gannons Park, Peakhurst Heights, without consent.

Mr Sears had engaged a tree removalist to remove the tree from her property and to cut back the trees in Gannons Park.

As a result, Mrs Sears was fined a total of $6,500, $500 of which was to cover Council’s legal costs.
Council places a strong emphasis on protecting trees throughout the local area and actively investigates instances of unauthorised tree removal or damage.

In any instance where members of the local area engage in the unauthorised removal of trees, Council will pursue legal action. The great number of trees throughout the local area is a significant feature of Georges River and removing any trees without the proper authorisation takes away from the natural beauty of the area.

If you see any instances where people are removing trees without authorisation, Council encourages you to contact 9330 6400 to provide details.

For more information about proper tree management throughout the local area, please contact 9330 6400 or visit Council’s website at www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.