Protected Tree removal – is it possible ?

PeterJe 8 September 2012 63

Due to changing family requirements I need to extend the family home, the only direction that I can go is in the path of a protected tree.

Moving isn’t really an option as I couldn’t afford to purchase back into the suburb and I am not about to move the kids away from their school or friends.

I have lodged a Tree Damaging activity form, but development is not one of the grounds for removal of a tree. I tried negotiating, by agreeing to plant more trees elsewhere on the block but I have been advised that there is no leeway with the legislation. They have advised that the only path that I have is to lodge a development application.

I have had several meetings with ACTPLA but they seem to speak a different language. There doesn’t appear to be a clearly defined criteria on what you need to meet in order to get permission to remove a protected tree on development grounds.

The builders I have spoken to are also perplexed with how to successfully go about the process.

Could someone please give me some pointers on how you successfully get a protected tree removed on development grounds.

Is anyone aware of anyone that can I engage to act in the role of an advocate to assist me through this process?

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63 Responses to Protected Tree removal – is it possible ?
seansimons15 seansimons15 5:06 am 28 Mar 15

Interesting that you may not be able to remove the tree. There is some good advice on here that I hope helps you. However, if I were you, I would have a backup plan in case you are not able to remove the tree.

dungfungus dungfungus 12:58 pm 28 Mar 15

Get these guys in and next day, report the tree as missing.
Problem solved.

miz miz 2:53 pm 28 Mar 15

I know a person who similarly can’t get rid of a ‘protected’ tree, despite an arborist recommending its removal on safety grounds.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love trees, but the ACT Govt is unreasonable and inconsistent in applying their tree policy.

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