In Canberra it can be very difficult to remove a tree on your own property. I have had many friends who have large dangerous eucalypts on their property which they have wanted to remove but have been refused permission to do so.
This is a ridiculous (nanny) state of affairs. If it is on your block you should pretty much be able to do anything you want with the trees. Do we expect people to get a permit to change the type of grass or lawn they have or the type of rose bushes ? No we don’t – trees should be treated the same way.
The tree police seem to think that if we let common sense prevail on trees then every Canberran will rush out and chop down every tree on their property. The reality is that some trees will be cut down and others planted.
The irony is that you can be stopped from cutting down a large dangerous tree but your neighbour can plant a fast growing tree that will block your view and rob you of sunlight and you can’t do anything about it.
The first political party to allow people to manage trees on their own property gets my vote.