Community & Business

14 December, 2022

Don’t steal trees this Christmas

LOCALS are being urged to resist the temptation to pinch a fresh Christmas tree this year, and to support good jobs in Queensland’s plant and nursery industry instead.

Don’t steal trees this Christmas - feature photo

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said there were stories every year about people trying to cut down and steal a free Christmas tree, but it wasn’t worth the risk.

“It is a breach of the Forestry Act 1959 (Qld) to remove trees/timber from State forest areas, including State plantation areas, without authorisation,” he said.

Mr Furner said fines for illegally removing trees from a plantation area were significant.

“Under the Forestry Act, the maximum penalty for the unlawful removal of trees from a plantation area is a fine of $14,375 for a first offence and then up to $28,700 for a subsequent offence,” he said.

“Far better so support the wonderful business people and hard workers supporting our plant and nursery industry by buying a suitable live plant or tree to be the centre of your festive activities.

“Our nursery industry is a key part of the state’s horticulture industry with a $1billion contribution to the economy and supporting up to 6000 good jobs. Let’s all have a merry Christmas and support these great businesses while we’re at it.”


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