The professional tree cutting company Dural is based in Dural. The Hills District covers the areas of Ayers Beach, Baringo, Belmont, Horsham, Middle Beach, Maroubra, London Beach, Rosehill and West Harbour. The company’s main aim is to satisfy their clients with high quality, durable, modern tree services and tree removal from both private and public gardens. The company prides itself as being an environmentally conscious company, working to create green communities and green space in communities where they operate. They pride themselves on delivering a friendly, skilled and reliable service with the utmost respect and attention to detail.
We have heard horror stories about tree lopping in Dural, says Mike Shear, CEO of The Hills District Council. I have personally asked the company not to proceed with this due to the concerns expressed by the resident’s concerning tree removal and the subsequent safety risks involved. The matter was discussed at a community board meeting where the residents voted to uphold the wishes of the residents and deny tree lopping in Dural. The decision was not a unanimous one but was supported by a number of residents.
The Hills District has a long history of land clearing for building and agriculture, and tree lopping in Dural is a major part of that history. The first recorded land clearing in Dural was in the early nineteen hundreds, when two men were cleared out of an old warehouse in what is now known as Dural Station. The men died of smoke inhalation, as their badly decaying stock was burned in an attempt to clean the warehouse’s chimney. The man died of bronchial asthma, and the other suffered burns and broken bones. The local paper carried the story and reported that the men had been chopped up to make way for new stock.
The death of the men and the resulting publicity caused much comment and soul-searching in Dural Station and other areas throughout the community. Was this excessive land clearance taking place for an improper reason? The questions ran through the halls of government, the public library and finally, the local newspapers. At a town meeting held by the citizens of Dural Station, it was determined that no further action should be taken and that a community consensus had been reached.
Concerned communities have an important role to play in making sure that appropriate and needed tree removal procedures are followed and that no trees are cut down in places where they will not be useful in the future. This community spirit of cooperation and leadership is especially important when communities are dealing with situations where tree removal must be performed in areas that pose a threat to the community or property in question. The local governments have an interest in protecting their interests when it comes to tree removal in cases where tree removal is unavoidable because doing so would also affect the timber harvesting in those areas.
In Dural Station, residents were unanimous in their view that this unnecessary act of tree removal was taking place without just cause. The fact that the dead trees were affecting the environment in terms of increased sensitivity due to bark fall and increased damage due to pests and disease did not deter residents from joining in the tree removal debate. It was more about the process itself than about what the trees meant for the community or property in question. Many residents had been involved in tree care and tree removal projects for years and felt that they had good reasons for their involvement in these endeavors. They firmly believed that they were working to improve the quality of life for all residents of Dural Station and beyond.
The residents did not want their land returned to them but felt that their right to have the tree cut down on their property had been infringed upon. They claimed that they were the victims of trespass when the tree specialist moved in to remove the tree on their land without first obtaining the required consent from the local council. The court case was ongoing at the time and was nearing a verdict when it was announced that a majority of the residents had lost their appeal. The reason given for this was that the local government’s permission had not been sought as early as the required point in the process and that they did not consider the impact of removing the tree on their property.
The consequences of this decision mean that in future any tree removal will need to be approved by the local council and permission obtained. This means that in the case of Dural Station residents their rights to tree removal will be limited to the extent of what is reasonable under the circumstances. The residents will no longer be able to remove the tree on their property or have it removed from a tree cutting down on their land. The only way to ensure that the tree removal is conducted lawfully and in a responsible manner is to make sure that your local tree removal company has a license and is properly authorised to undertake the work.