February 12, 2009

When being green is deadly

"We have got proof right here. We are the only house standing in a two-kilometre area."

Mr Sheahan is still angry about his prosecution, which cost him $100,000 in fines and legal fees. The council's planning laws allow trees to be cleared only when they are within six metres of a house. Mr Sheahan cleared trees up to 100 metres away from his house.

"The council stood up in court and made us to look like the worst, wanton environmental vandals on the earth. We've got thousands of trees on our property. We cleared about 247," he said.

Fined for illegal clearing, family now feel vindicated


  1. Anonymous4:19 PM

    Better dead than red.
    Better a firescreen than green.

  2. Many a time in life we have to pick our poison Geoff.

    As a collective we have become very stupid at what used to be non-complex decision making.

    Very, very stupid.