Category Archives: Trees and bushland

Our chance to protect our trees!

You may have already seen the good news that, for the first time since 2015, Council has opened the Significant Tree Register (STR).  You can now nominate your favourite tree/s or even a whole street or group of significant trees for assessment!  This is such an important tool to protect our green canopy as, now more […]
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Monetary value of streetscapes

In case you missed it, the most recent episode of ABC Radio National’s Money Program reported on the measurable economic value of street trees (link here) which save government millions of dollars.  To learn more about trees, come to a talk this weekend: FREE TALK:  THE IMPORTANCE OF TREES Speaker:  Jeff Angel, Exec Director Total […]
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Laws set to fast-track tree clearing in NSW

The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act is set to fast-track land-clearing approvals in response to pressure from big agribusiness and a minority of landholders. Before the election, Premier Baird committed to “enhancing the state’s biodiversity to benefit current and future generations” but the government is now weakening our nature protection laws. You can add your name to the petition to […]
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Temperatures rising due to tree felling

The loss of trees around our neighbourhoods is causing air temperatures to rise.  Research from University of Melbourne shows evidence of the impact of removing tree cover: 1227149699636   The 10/50 code is being used as an excuse for people to rid themselves of unwanted trees:  Tree clearing rule misuse
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Changes announced to tree cutting code

After getting more than 1,800 submissions from outraged community members, the NSW government has announced changes to the 10/50 Code that has led to mass destruction of trees – regardless of threatened species legislation and tree preservation orders. The entitlement area has been reduced to 100m for Category One and 30m for Category Two vegetation. The previous area was 350m […]
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5 minutes to save the beauty of our neighbourhood?

If everyone who appreciates the trees that make our neighbourhood beautiful gives 5 minutes of their day, we  can stop the needless destruction that is happening now. Call Anthony Roberts:  9817 4757 Call Minister Stuart Ayres:  8574 6500 urge them to call for a moratorium on chopping down trees. It is easy to do and very effective.   […]
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Stop the destruction of our trees

Write a short message to the NSW Rural Fires Service before Friday 14th November.  RFS is reviewing the 10/50 Code that has allowed people to cut down trees that are within 10 meters of their house, without approval or any justification.  Send your message to OR use this link:  making a quick submission today provided by […]
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Moratorium on destruction of trees

The 10/50 clearing code is transforming our area.  The ‘garden suburb’ can so easily be destroyed, with no impact on bushfire safety. The Hunters Hill Trust urges the government to take immediate action by declaring a moratorium on clearing before the beauty and character of the neighbourhood is further damaged.  Our submission to Stuart Ayres MP, Minister […]
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new Code threatens to destroy character of Hunters Hill

Recent changes to the Rural Fire Service Vegetation Clearing Code leaves the tree cover and bushland of Hunters Hill vulnerable to destruction. We have been landed with a simplistic, destructive response to a complex problem. Because of its interface with the Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers, much of Hunters Hill’s unique character contributes to the wider character of […]
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We are now free to destroy bushland WITHOUT improving fire safety in NSW

Rural Fire Service 10/50 Clearing Code of Practice New State government fire safety rules now allow people in designated areas to remove any tree that is within 10m of their house and vegetation up to 50m from their house without any approval. This overrides any LEP, tree preservation order or DA condition regarding tree preservation etc and came […]
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