Warning over tree removal without appropriate approvals

RESIDENTS in the northern Illawarra have been warned about a tree removal business operating in the city.

Wollongong City Council has been told residents are being door-knocked and offered discounted tree pruning for cash.

A Council spokesperson said it is investigating reports that work has been carried out without the appropriate approvals.

“We have also been told in some instances, money has been taken and work left uncompleted,” the spokesperson said.

“We would ask any residents who have been contacted about tree removal and are concerned about the business’ legitimacy to contact NSW Fair Trading or Council. We also ask residents to let their neighbours know about Council’s investigation.”

For more information on the correct tree removal process and approvals contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111 or visit Council’s website.


About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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