SYDNEY MORNING HERALD: Fined for illegal clearing, family now feel vindicated
"They were labelled law breakers, fined $50,000 and left emotionally and financially drained.
But seven years after the Sheahans bulldozed trees to make a fire break — an act that got them dragged before a magistrate and penalised — they feel vindicated. Their house is one of the few in Reedy Creek, Victoria, still standing." [Hat tip Jeff Perren]
There are probably several good morals in that story that are so obvious I’ll allow you to draw them all yourself.
Would that the law-makers understood any of them.
UPDATE: Tim Blair posts the more tragic counter-example, by far more common:
Peter Mitchell applied for permission a couple of years ago to remove some trees close to his property. Permission denied. On Saturday, his house burned down. Mitchell plans to rebuild, and this time he won’t be bothering with any council permission nonsense:
“I’m just going to cut down the trees and push the perimeter back a bit more. If I build on the same place, I have to feel I am going to be able to defend it and not play Russian roulette.”