Clearing grows trouble for banjup property owner

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A BANJUP property owner who cleared land without approval has been busy revegetating the land, but it could prove costly.

Significant land clearing took place at the 7ha lot earlier this year before pagodas began popping up, hundreds of bamboo plants and a mountain of sand arrived, and a fence surrounding the property was installed.

City of Cockburn’s planning and development services director Daniel Arndt said the revegetation works, including laying mulch and settling thousands of native plants, were a requirement of the City, in response to the unauthorised clearing of the property.

“The land owner lodged a bond of $500,000 with the City,” he said.

“Fifty per cent of this will be refunded once the revegetation works have been inspected and deemed in accordance with the approved revegetation plan and document.”

The land owner’s environmental consultant advised that work was complete, with environmental services to conduct a site visit to tick everything off.

Mr Arndt said the remaining portion of the bond will be returned after two years.