Any more information on the Graslan.
I can legally remove 3 trees after my final inspection. Previously I would not have had a problem with a tree removal, however 2 days before my Development Application was to be submitted to Council, our Native Vegetation Act was abolished and a new Act, the Biodiversity Offset Scheme was introduced. The BOS has major implications for rural zoned property. To remove 1 tree (or native grass) meant that I needed a report from a qualified Environmental Consultant who was listed as accredited on the NSW Planning website. After contacting a couple of accredited people I was advised that the report would be about $20,000 (yes $20,000 not a mistake) but that figure would increase if any night surveys were required or if any endangered flora or fauna was found. The legislation also involves a further fee to the state govt to buy biodiversity offsets due to removal of native vegetation. As such I was to say the least, thoroughly pissed off. So I looked at a different system of approval known as Complying Development through a Private Certifier. That was possible if there were no trees within 7m of the building. I also considered other legislation known as the 10-50 rule which applies to existing declared bushfire prone properties. That rule allows removal of any tree within 10m of a habitable building on bushfire prone land, without any approval, provided the building is complete and a valid occupation certificate issued. So I moved my building and altered things a little so that the finished dwelling and shed (which incorporates a studio at the rear which is a habitable room) will be more than 7m from any tree but within 10m of 4 separate trees. To do that I incorporated a pergola on the shed which will be 9.9m from one of those trees. So after I complete the pergola and get a final certificate I can legally remove 3 trees and a further tree when the house is built. It is a loophole that has not yet been recognised. And the joke is that initially I would have been happy with removal of 1 tree, but now 4 will go.
Incidentally approval for tree removal on rural land is not the responsibility of the Council but is NSW State Govt, Dept of Planning. The quality of Aerial (not Ariel) photos they have of the entire state is amazing and they have a computer program to recognise tree removals.
There is also a very dangerous large apple gum in the background to the photo that is more than 10m from the building which I would also love to get rid of. Graslan?
The main fire near Nowra was started by an arsonist who drove along the River Rd Currowan and started 6 separate fires near the road. The Currowan fire has spread from there. The fire that has affected Bodalla is from lightning strikes. Personally, I would love to see arsonists tried as terrorists, as their actions are no different to those of terrorists.