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Byron Council says it has insufficient evidence to undertake enforcement action over an alleged tree poisoning on the site of a proposed development in Brunswick Heads.

Earlier this month, Council hired an independent botanist to examine three large hoop pines at 16 Short Street, which appeared to have been tampered with, and were showing signs of distress.

The property is the site of a proposal to build two double-storey houses, each with five bedrooms and five bathrooms, that has drawn strong objections from some local residents.

Investigation

In a statement to Echonetdaily, a Council spokesperson said that the botanist’s investigation had not provided ‘the level of evidence required to proceed with any formal enforcement action in relation to the alleged tree poisoning’.

‘The Development Application [DA] for the subject property otherwise remains under the assessment by staff,’ the spokesperson said.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. Ah yes familiar reply from council over tree poisoning….I have known of cases where people admitted to council they have poisoned only to have council still back away from following through whilst sending out useless letters to nearby residents “appealing for evidence” and “assistance” etc .

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