Public Safety must come before Tree Protection

August 23, 2017

Australian Conservatives Member of Legislative Council Dennis Hood has told Adelaide radio that 'significant tree' laws need revision as a school struggles to remove a dangerous tree that could harm children if limbs fall from the tree.

Mr Hood pointed out on FiveAA with Leon Byner that councils often stand in the way of removing dangerous trees, with competing arborists' reports. 

Mr Hood noted the law he proposed, which passed 10 years ago, allows trees to be removed if they are within 10 metres of existing dwellings or in-ground swimming pools (unless it is a eucalypt or yellow myrtle). The South Australian law, however, is arguably being subverted by councils - so Mr Hood said Conservatives were considering requiring councils to prove the tree should stay, rather than put the onus on the landholder to prove it should go.



Pictured above (from left): Dennis Hood MLC, with South Australian Conservatives Members of Parliament, federal senator Cory Bernardi and state MLC Rob Brokenshire

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