Vandalism just for the view?

Sunshine Coast Council is investigating claims of illegal tree clearing in a Coolum street boasting million-dollar views.

Neighbours contacted the council after the owner of a Grandview Drive address allegedly cut down trees at the rear of the property.

One resident said the trees were covered by a vegetation protection order and claimed the canopy was “chopped” out of an old-growth lophostemon tree to improve sea views.

The resident said it was ironic the clearing occurred in the same week that the council, Yaroomba Progress Association and Coolum District Coast Care were giving away free plants to save the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly Vine and its environs.

Division nine Local councillor Vivien Griffin confirmed the council was investigating whether any clearing had taken place on council land and whether any other clearing was illegal.

“I don’t think we can ever condone illegal removal of trees anywhere,” she said.

“People need to know there is a procedure to apply for removal of trees.

"Be cautious before leaping into removal. Check with council first.”

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