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17 March, 2021

Land clearing claim escalates.

A neighbourhood dispute has become a game of tit for tat after a Tinaroo resident allegedly cleared some council land to improve the properties outlook and water views.

By Phil Brandel

Some of the council land, that was allegedly cleared near Lake Tinaroo.

A neighbourhood dispute has become a game of tit for tat after a Tinaroo resident allegedly cleared some council land to improve the properties outlook and water views.

It is believed that the Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) has received four separate complaints about the land clearing which has taken place on a public council reserve, which backs onto rural properties surrounding Lake Tinaroo.

On Tuesday, February 9 TRC responded to questions from The Express about the allegations responding with “We’ve received numerous complaints and the matter is currently under investigation.”

Its believed that several neighbours wrote complaints about the land clearing which allegedly involved the use of heavy machinery, including chainsaws, woodchippers and bobcats.    

After the investigation, the TRC issued another statement on March 8 “We have investigated the tree clearing allegations and are providing revegetation advice to the landowner.”

The landowner who wants to remain anonymous issued a written statement. “In response to allegations made around the removal of vegetation on a Tinaroo property/waterfront reserve, the property owner claims that it had in advance sought guidance and advice from TRC in relation to the maintenance of the waterfront reserve in an effort to control the spread of noxious weeds and the removal of affected/damaged trees that allegedly posed a safety risk,” they wrote.  

“The property owner asserts that it has acted at all times in good faith on its understanding of the advice provided by TRC that its actions were permitted in relation to the maintenance of vegetation on the waterfront reserve.

“The property owner has been working with TRC and the local Rural Fire Brigade in an collaborative effort to maintain the waterfront reserve to manage noxious weeds and to further ensure that damaged or affected trees do not pose a safety risk to persons accessing the waterfront reserve area.”

In response to the above allegations, theTRC issued another statement on March 12 “We are unable to provide further information or specific details as this is an ongoing matter.”



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