Tree Protection Order in need of protection

Lismore City Councils vote to revoke their Tree Preservation Order (Echo, May 15), would result in a big win for developers and environmental vandals if it goes ahead.

Freed of legal (and moral) obstacles, owners of land where development is either prevented or constrained by the presence of environmentally sensitive vegetation would be given the green light to clear their land to make way for new or increased development. Its true the TPO does impose conditions that seem onerous on the average resident who wants to remove a tree from their backyard for a legitimate reason, but this isnt about them, its about stopping greedy developers taking the chainsaw to trees that stand in the way of over-development.

Since land zoned for conservation and habitat protection is amongst the land covered by the TPO, it would seem its revocation may, incredibly, allow for owners of land zoned specifically for environmental protection to clear their land, and thus, open the door to future rezoning for development. It sounds like, yet again, Lismore councillors are siding with developers rather than the community, the environment, and good governance. I guess the residents of McLeans Ridges and Dunoon can look forward to the same thing.

Nick Casmirri

Alstonville


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