Council successfully prosecuted joint landowners of 14 Glen Street in Hawthorn for removing a 17-metre mature tree in their front yard without seeking permission from Council.

On 21 June 2017, the Magistrates Court Judicial Registrar Andrew found that there was compelling evidence in Council’s prosecution and found Mr Umesh Kotur and Sarita Kotur guilty for not complying with their planning permit.

They were ordered to pay $14,000 in penalties and costs for removing the tree.

Mayor of Boroondara, Councillor Phillip Healey, said that this is a costly reminder that planning permits and approved landscaping plans must be complied with.

The owners had applied to Council’s Planning Department to amend their landscaping plan, which formed part of the planning permit to construct a dwelling on the land. However, before Council made a decision of their application, they decided to remove the tree.

“The owners’ action was downright illegal. Changes cannot be made without firstly seeking permission from Council,” Cr Healey said.

“The Boroondara community is proud of their leafy municipality. Council pride itself in protecting our canopy tress and will take enforcement action against those who ignore the law.”

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