Blue Mountains Posts

Council Issues Warning on Rogue Tree Contractors

By Blue Mountains City Council
Posted: 17 Feb 2021
Blue Mountains City Council is warning residents that unlicensed tree removal contractors are door knocking in the City and steering vulnerable people into costly works.

Council has received a number of reports regarding rogue operators touting for work, demanding excessive cash payments and making the false claim that residents do not need to seek approval from Council to remove trees.

In some cases, the operator has falsely claimed to be working under the direction of Council. Another case involved a resident being pressured into paying an exorbitant amount for dead branch removal after they were threatened with a fake fine from Council, if they did not agree to the work.

“We take these unsolicited approaches and intimidation by unscrupulous operators very seriously,” Mayor Mark Greenhill said.

“Residents need to be aware that some of these operators are underinsured and are charging prices that are far above competitive local contractor quotations – in some cases 300 per cent more. If an uninsured operator injures themselves on private property the owner can be liable and domestic public liability rarely covers tree work.

“Acting on poor advice from these operators is a risk. Residents should contact Council if they encounter such individuals and they should contact NSW Police if they feel threatened or intimidated by any person falsely claiming they represent, or work with, Council.”

This is also a timely reminder that there are some unlicensed individuals operating in other industries and residents should never disclose their credit card details, unless they are certain it is to a legitimate business.

Any resident who wishes to prune or remove a tree should seek the advice of a reputable local arborist and apply for permission from Council. A list of exemptions can be found on Council’s website and, if the works are not exempt, an application needs to be made.

Image by bluebudgie from Pixabay

 
Megalong Australia Heritage Centre Megalong Australia Heritage Centre Megalong Australia Heritage Centre Megalong Australia Heritage Centre

Recent News

People More Likely to Exercise when Focused on Joy, not Negative Side Effects of Inactivity: Lancet
People More Likely to Exercise when Focused on Joy, not Negative Side Effects of Inactivity: Lancet
People are more likely to exercise when focussed on the joy of movement,...
Blue Mountains Library Awarded for Outreach Service
Blue Mountains Library Awarded for Outreach Service
Blue Mountains Library was Highly Commended in the NSW Public Librarie...
Blue Mountains Library Secures Photographic Archive to Share the Past with the Future
Blue Mountains Library Secures Photographic Archive to Share the Past with the Future
Blue Mountains Library recently acquired the historic Souvenir Snapshots...
Recognise your Cat ownership responsibilities
Recognise your Cat ownership responsibilities
As with any pet ownership, if you have a cat there are great responsibilities...
Temporary Closure - Prince Henry Cliff Walk, Katoomba - Thursday 25 to Friday 26 February 2021
Temporary Closure - Prince Henry Cliff Walk, Katoomba - Thursday 25 to Friday 26 February 2021
National Parks & Wildlife Service
Blue Mountains National Park –...

What's New

Pamper your skin
Pamper your skin
Ashanti Beauty Receive a complimentary hand and foot treatment with any 60min or 90min skin treatment
All occasion Beauty at your door
All occasion Beauty at your door
Glamour & Elegance Mobile Beauty Pamper Events-Hens/bridal-Corporate-Kids Parties-Couples-Weddings-Ladies Pamper-Mothers Groups-Vouchers-
Tour the Mountains - Great Gatsby Style
Tour the Mountains - Great Gatsby Style
Blue Mountains Limousines & Vintage Cadillacs 1929 "The Gatsby" era Limousine Experience - "Jump in the back seat of my Cadillac! "
Winter Escape!
Winter Escape!
Seclusions Looking for a winter weekend escape, our dates are available now!
Book your Easter holiday now
Book your Easter holiday now
Melaleuca Mountain Retreat Its time to get cracking on your Easter holiday plans. The perfect place to relax.

Have You Visited

Announcement
Pamper your skinReceive a complimentary hand and foot treatment with any 60min or 90min skin treatmentView Ashanti Beauty »