Its a rare occaision that I listen to the news, mostly because it is stuff happening elsewhere that I couldn’t care about. Thismorning however seemed to be an exception as it alerted me to legislation set to be passed this week to protect Canberra’s exceptional trees.
The estimated 500,000 trees in Canberra will all be assesed with about 16000 going on the initial register. The legislation also makes it very clear on the penalties for damaging one of the protected ones with fines of up to $20,000 for individuals and covers stuff like damage around the tree which leads to its death and quarantine of that land – something sure to make developers take notice.
An advisory panel set up by Comrade Stanhope will make recommendations with the Conservator of Flora and Fauna in the ACT (currently DR Maxine Cooper – who is about to be a very busy girl) making the final call.
The current legislation essentially protects all trees over 12m, so if your timing is good you can get in and lop down that big eucalypt hanging precariously over your house as the legislation changes
CT have some more details here