Open season on trees no way

A moratorium on tree protection in the Lismore City Council area was knocked back at the last Lismore City Council meeting.

Cr John Hampton proposed a moratorium on the Tree Protection Order until a report by Council staff is completed, so people could deal with nuisance trees. He didnt feel it would open the way for a mass cull.

This is not a policy of slash and burn, Cr Hampton said. People generally like trees but there has been a spate of tree poisonings around where I live. You dont need to apply to Council to fell a dead tree. We need to look at the policy.

Cr Ros Irwin, although quick to scotch any thought of a moratorium, did feel that the present application fee of $55 was too steep and suggested that it be reduced to $10.

Cr Hampton suggested that this kind of fee reduction would be part of the upcoming report.

Council voted not to impose a moratorium but did agree to review the Tree Preservation Order.


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