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The City of Boroondara has successfully prosecuted offenders in the Magistrates Court recently after they breached Council’s Tree Protection Local Law (the Local Law).

The Magistrates Court has found the following parties guilty of breaches of Council’s Tree Protection Local Law: SLK Property Hawthorn Pty Ltd, Greene’s Tree Lopping Pty. Ltd, Nick Pitliangas, Julie Pastore and Edward Schonfeldt.

Council’s Local Law requires a permit be obtained for the removal of a canopy tree. A canopy tree is defined as a tree with a total trunk circumference of greater than 110 centimetres at chest height, or greater than 150 centimetres circumference when measured at ground level.

Council’s Tree Protection Local Law came into effect on 26 November 2016 and aims to protect the established treed character of the City of Boroondara. It also regulates activities which may endanger significant trees and canopy trees within the municipality.

Mayor of Boroondara, Cr Jane Addis, says “Tree canopy adds significantly to the character of our neighbourhoods and is important for the environment. We are determined to stamp out illegal tree removal and are prepared to take action to uphold the local law. The local law is important for protecting healthy trees and to require replacement planting where trees are approved for removal.”

A summary of each tree prosecution is set out below:

SLK Property Hawthorn Pty Ltd and Greene’s Tree Lopping Pty Ltd
Offence: Removal of a canopy tree
SLK Property Hawthorn Pty Ltd and Greene’s Tree Lopping Pty Ltd were found guilty of unlawfully removing a canopy tree without a Local Law Permit at 136 Rathmines Road, Hawthorn East. Both offenders were issued fines. Costs were awarded in favour of Council.

Nick Pitliangas
Offence: Removal of a canopy tree
Nick Pitliangas was found guilty of unlawfully removing a canopy tree at 1 Oak Street, Hawthorn without a Local Law Permit. Mr Pitliangas was ordered to pay costs and money to the Court Fund. Additionally, Mr Pitliangas was issued a six-month good behaviour bond and released upon giving an undertaking. The matter has been adjourned until 5 April 2019 and will be heard in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Julie Pastore
Offence: Works within Structural Root Zone and damage to tree canopy
Julie Pastore was found guilty of carrying out works in a Structural Root Zone and damaging a tree canopy at 56 Dempster Avenue, Balwyn North without a Local Law Permit. Ms Pastore was ordered to pay a fine. Costs were awarded in favour of Council.

Edward Schonfeldt
Offence: Removal of a canopy tree
Edward Schonfeldt was found guilty of allowing the removal of a canopy tree at 4 Kevin Grove, Kew without a Local Law Permit. Mr Schonfeldt was ordered to pay a fine. Costs were awarded in favour of Council.

Learn more about the City of Boroondara’s Tree Protection Local Law.

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