Council vows to purse tree loppers
ANOTHER spate of illegal tree-clear- ing on beachfronts along the Tweed Coast has prompted a renewed vow by Tweed Shire Council's administrators to prosecute or at least get back at those responsible. Administrator Max Boyd has read the riot act to anyone planning more tree destruction, warning that signs shaming those responsible and screens blocking the views which have been created will be erected. The council is also asking the NSW Lands Department to do the same on beachfront property it controls follow- ing the latest incidents of tree-clearing at Salt and Cabarita Beach. "We are just not going to tolerate pe- ople coming in and cutting down trees on public land," declared Mr Boyd at Tuesday's council meeting. "It has been made abundantly clear for just about as long as we have had administration in place there is no oth- er option here." Mr Boyd said in some cases develop- ers had been required to spend "mil- lions of dollars" on planting beach- front vegetation as part of the --------------- --------------- conditions of approval of their develop- ments. Screens and signs blocking the views created by the destruction are tipped to cost the council more than $20,000. Mr Boyd warned that although it could "not be always assumed the pe- ople whose properties are behind where the trees have been removed are the culprits," the council would not be varying its policy of erecting shaming signs and screens. In the latest incident "at least six na- tive trees, estimated to have been be- tween two to four metres tall" have been cut down on the coastal dunes east of houses fronting Cypress Ave- nue, Cabarita Beach. The attack come on top of previous destruction at the same spot in 2005 when, according to council staff a "per- son admitted inadvertently pruning some branches" and was fined $220. The same person had denied any knowledge of the latest incident. Administrators Max Boyd and Garry Payne voted to erect screens and signs until the trees grow back, subject to the Department of Lands agreeing a decision they consider a formality.