Ring 02 9777 1000 immediately if you see or hear anything suspicious in the removal of trees or bushland. This number operates 24/7 and it is important to call straight away if you observe destructive action taking place as a Ranger can attend the site quickly to speak with anyone involved. It’s better to report than to assume that the activity, either on private or public land, has Council approval.
Tree and bushland vandalism is defined as the unlawful destruction, damage or injury to trees and vegetation on community and private land. Examples include poisoning, major pruning, removal and ringbarking.
Reports of tree or bushland vandalism are treated confidentially and will be acted on immediately by a Ranger.
As determined by the Vegetation Management Guidelines, an investigation will occur and an offence under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (1979) can incur a penalty of up to $1.1 million. Rewards of up to $10,000 can be offered for information leading to the successful prosecution of some tree or bushland vandalism actions.
Image: Chatswood West private property – illegal removal of large gum tree.