Our Port Stephens Mayor Bruce Mackenzie has once again ventured where angels fear to tread and proposed a radical new Dangerous Tree policy and called for a 12 month moratorium on the current Tree Protection Orders.
Nigel Waters made a presentation to the Council Meeting 26 May 2015 which can be accessed HERE
Click on the links below to get the reaction from the community.
The last link below is the current position and the policy still has to be amended and adopted at the June 09 Council Meeting.
It is important to note that the moratorium:
- Is not in effect until the relevant Port Stephens Development Control Plan is amended and adopted – which will be considered at Council’s meeting of 9 June 2015
- Will not override the provisions of other key legislation and controls relating to vegetation protection and management, including legislation related to threatened species and native vegetation protection and heritage conservation. Landholders are encouraged to contact Council for further information.
Port Stephens Council 26 May 2015 – Mayoral Minute – Dangerous Trees
EcoNetwork Statement 11 May 2011 – This Mayoral Minute Is An Abuse Of Power
Councillor Paul LeMottee 15 May 2015: Media release – Dangerous Trees
Examiner 12 May 2015: Tree Proposal Splits Meeting
Examiner 19 May 2015: Tree Cull Push Returns
Email From Margaret Wilkinson 11 May 2015 – To Port Stephens Councillors
Newcastle Herald 05 May 2015: Opinion: Newcastle Still Needs Trees
Port Stephens Council: 13 March 2012 – Current Tree Protection Order
Port Stephens Council – 03 June 2015: Update: Dangerous Tree Removal Statement May 2015
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Late Development – After Printing a story “Free To Fell Hazard Trees” In this weeks paper The Examiner Pulled the story from the website and replaced it with this:
Correction From Examiner 04 June 2015: Loppers Told To Wait Before Felling Trees