Darren Montesin has been threatened with a $6300 fine for planting paw paw trees in a verge garden. Picture: Darren Cartwright
Darren Montesin has been threatened with a $6300 fine for planting paw paw trees in a verge garden. Picture: Darren Cartwright

Paw paw trees on verge spark $6300 fine threat

AN environmentally-conscious Brisbane resident has been threatened with a $6,300 fine for planting paw paw trees in a verge garden.

Bellbowrie homeowner Darren Montesin said he's baffled as to why the Brisbane City Council has been so heavy-handed over his attempts to beautify the street.

In a three-page letter to Mr Montesin, the BCC claims the trees, which provide more than the required 1.2m space between his property and the vegetation, are a potential "trip and abrasion" hazard.

 

Brisbane City Council has given Darren Montesin until August 12 to remove the trees or face a fine. Picture: Darren Cartwright
Brisbane City Council has given Darren Montesin until August 12 to remove the trees or face a fine. Picture: Darren Cartwright

 

Under BCC guidelines, a verge garden must not include the planting of trees or tall shrubs.

More on this at The Courier-Mail

The scenario is similar to that facing supporters of Buderim's Urban Garden on the Sunshine Coast.

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