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Office of Environment and Heritage declines to save Fig Tree

Office of Environment and Heritage declines to save Fig Tree

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith today received a letter from the Office of Environment and Heritage declining to recommend an Interim Heritage Order (IHO) for the Moreton Bay Fig Tree at Castle Drive, Lennox Head.

The Heritage Division said in its letter that “without the support of the local Council to assess its heritage significance and consider listing as a local heritage item on its Local Environmental Plan, an IHO would be ineffective and is thus not appropriate in the circumstances.”

Tamara Smith said: “I have tried everything within my power over the last six months to save this 200 year old tree but the Office of Environment and Heritage has rejected our request for more time.

“When nature has zero rights in our culture and environmentalists have no rights to stand up for nature under current Liberal-National government laws this is what will keep happening,” said Ms Smith.