What are the consequences of illegally removing trees?

The Land and Environment Court has handed down a penalty of $64,000 and supervision requirements to a woman that illegally removed native trees from her neighbour’s property in Hunter’s Hill. In the recent case of Hunters Hill Council v Liu [2018] NSWLEC 108, Ms Liu was found guilty of soliciting a contractor to remove two Cheese Trees on her neighbour’s property, as they dropped leaves into her pool. The trees were protected under the EPA, and the court found that Ms Liu was reckless as to whether she needed the Council’s permission to remove them. Notably, the court ordered Ms Liu to plant two new Cheese Trees on her own property, whose growth would be monitored by the Council, in addition to the substantial fine.

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