By Mitchell Clarke
An investigation into the removal of several native trees from an estate in Officer is being conducted by Cardinia Shire Council, who has turned to the public for assistance.
It’s understood a number of trees are believed to have been cut down from the Timbertop Estate on 7 January, without planning approval.
The council’s compliance services team want to speak to the owner of a burgundy Ford F250, which was seen in the vicinity, to help understand the circumstances in which the trees were cut down.
Before removing or cutting back any vegetation, residents are required to check they’re legally allowed to under the Cardinia Planning Scheme, local law and/or rules about native vegetation in the Victorian Government’s Planning and Environment Act.
Fines could apply if vegetation is removed without a planning permit when one is required.
Anyone with information about the vehicle in question, or the removal of the trees should contact compliance services on 1300 787 624.