Bunbury man fined for clearing native vegetation

Media release
A Bunbury man has been fined $6,000 and ordered to pay costs of $2,500 for illegally clearing native vegetation in North Greenbushes.

A Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) investigation found approximately 2.7 hectares of native vegetation was cleared between February and November 2018 without authorisation under the Environmental Protection Act 1986

On 7 January 2021, the Manjimup Magistrates Court Magistrate found that Mr Nicola De Marte cleared the land located at 159 Greenbushes-Boyup Brook Road, North Greenbushes.

DWER Inspectors found that the cleared area consisted predominantly of Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) and Marri (Corymbia calophila) trees. 

DWER Executive Director of Compliance and Enforcement, Stuart Cowie, said that the department was committed to ensuring that clearing of native vegetation was done lawfully, and in line with relevant laws and regulations.  

“This is a serious offence with a maximum penalty for an individual of $250,000,” Mr Cowie said.

“We will continue to take appropriate action against those who unlawfully clear native vegetation.” 

Anyone who suspects illegal clearing of native vegetation can report it to DWER’s Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782, by email to pollutionwatch@dwer.wa.gov.au or to Crime Stoppers.

View more information on clearing permits and exemptions.

Page reviewed 6 April 2022