Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3309..
Answers to questions
Tree protection scheme
(Question No 396)
Ms Tucker asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:
In relation to the implementation of the Tree Protection (Interim Scheme) Act 2001:
1. How many tree removal applications have been approved to date
2. How many of these tree removal applications have been approved
3. In relation to the approvals:
(a) What were the species of the trees approved for removal; and
(b) How many approvals were given against each of the criteria determined by the
Minister for approving a tree removal activity
Mr Smyth: The answer to the member's question is as follows:
1. The number of applications received is 726.
2. The number of applications approved is 446 representing 655 trees.
3(a) The number of species approved for removal is: 115. The complete list of species with numbers approved is at Attachment A.
3(b) The number of approvals given against each of the criteria determined by the Minister for approving a tree damaging activity are as follows.
Criteria determined by the Minister for approving a tree damaging activity No Trees
The tree is diseased or termite infested and/or its life expectancy is short;
(Note Dead trees are exempt and no application is required) 130
The tree represents an unacceptable risk to public or private safety; 127
The tree is shown to be causing or threatening to cause substantial damage
to a substantial building, structure or service; 218
The tree is an inappropriate species in potential size or growth habit for its location or 61
proximity to buildings (excluding remnant eucalypts);
The tree represents a serious plant disease threat; 0
The tree is blocking solar access to a living area of a dwelling during winter between the 26
hours of 9am to 3pm and pruning is not sufficient to remedy this;
The tree is causing an allergic reaction to an occupant of the block and the claim 1
can be supported by certification from a medical specialist;
Where the tree is part of a close planting of a number of trees, the removal of the tree will 6
allow the other trees to develop fully;
It has been demonstrated that all reasonable alternative development options and design 86
solutions have been considered to avoid the necessity for tree removal.