A Shire of Murray landowner recently pleaded guilty to illegal land clearing at the Mandurah Magistrates Court on 30 July, 2015.
The owner cleared vegetation within and outside the building envelope on a special rural property without planning approval under the Shire’s Town Planning Scheme No.4.
The landowner was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay an additional $3,000 towards the Shire’s legal costs.
“The Shire hopes that this case highlights the severity of illegal land clearing and deters others from clearing vegetation on their property without planning approval,” said Chief Executive Officer Dean Unsworth.
The removal of vegetation on any non-residential property within the Shire of Murray requires planning approval from the Shire, as well as approval from the Department of Environment, unless exempt for fire protection. Failure to do so can result in fines of up to $200,000 per offence.
The Shire of Murray is centrally located within an internationally recognised and protected biodiversity hotspot, where unlawful clearing of vegetation can be very damaging to our fragile environment.
For more information on land clearing please contact the Shire of Murray’s Environment Department on (08) 9531 7777.