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What will happen to our trees?

Richard Tregoweth - Monday, August 24, 2009

Below are excepts from a Media Release by THE TREE COUNCIL and NEW ZEALAND ARBORICULTURAL ASSOCIATION dated 20 August.

"The Tree Council and the New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZAA) are appalled that Clause 52, banning general tree protection rules in urban environments, is still proposed to remain in the Resource Management (Simplifying and Streamlining) Amendment Bill following this week’s release of the Local Government and Environment select committee’s recommendations.

If the Bill goes through, which may be as early as next week, developers will now be able to clear fell a site and not have to replant to replace any lost trees. Developers will also more likely damage boundary trees with impunity, due to proximity to heavy machinery and cutting of roots. Many of the trees that previously had applications to be felled refused on the grounds of their contribution to the community and the environment, will now be cut down – there are many in Parnell for example. Many coastal Pohutukawa will be cleared.

We believe that trees are a community asset and a contribution to the greater good, human and environmental, not just an individual property right. We will continue to work to that end."

Treetools also received the following email from Lisa Sanderson, NZAA Vice President - download and view by clicking here.

If you are concerned about the proposed changes to the RMA now is the time for action.

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