27 May 2016 – Media Release
Cumberland Council has welcomed $22,000 in fines and legal costs handed down to a local firm over the illegal clearing of 10 trees at a Smithfield industrial site.
Following a two-year investigation by Council, representatives from All Type Management Pty Ltd appeared in Parramatta Local Court on Monday 23 May, found guilty of “Development Without Development Consent”.
Council Administrator, Viv May, said the trees were removed from the no development `buffer’ between an industrial building at 219-225 Woodpark Rd Smithfield and adjoining residential properties on Gardenia Parade, Greystanes.
A number of these residents assisted Council in its investigation and subsequent prosecution of All Type Management Pty Ltd, as the illegal removal of the trees had exposed the residents to noise pollution and a large warehouse which had previously been hidden by the vegetation.
Pleading guilty to illegally clearing 10 trees, All Type Management Pty Ltd was fined $8,000 and ordered to pay another $14,000 in Council costs. Council will also seek to have the removed trees and other vegetation restored via its Development Compliance processes.
In welcoming the sentence, Mr May said the fines imposed on the firm sent a strong message to developers and property owners clearing trees without approval.
“It will not be tolerated and Council will take action,” Mr May said.
“We have a responsibility to sustainably manage our urban tree resource for the benefit of all current and future residents.
“Council’s Tree Management Order (TMO) applies to vegetation within our LGA and prohibits any injury, significant pruning or removal of trees without the consent of Council.
“Approval must be granted by Council before any such works can be undertaken.
“Further information about the TMO can be found at Council’s website”, Mr May said.