City targets illegal clearing

Albany Advertiser

The City of Albany has warned residents they face a hefty penalty if caught illegally clearing land.

Planting, pruning or removing vegetation in reserves land or road verges without a permit will attract $100 fine on the spot. Illegal activities also include lighting a fire, excavating or erecting structures in the reserves area.

Acting Manager City Reserves Jacqui Freeman said the City valued the beauty of its unique region and took pride in looking after Albany’s reserves and open spaces.

Ms. Freeman said under the current Protection Act the City would be able to imposed penalties as high as $50,000.

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“In addition the offender could also be liable for the costs for clean-up, which may include revegetation, weed control and ongoing maintenance.” She said.

Reserves areas are part of the Crown land that is set aside for public and conservation purposes.

There are currently 176 bushland reserves in the city of Albany which covers an area of more than 11,000 hectares.

These areas includes Albany Heritage Park, Lake Seppings and all road verges around the city.

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