Probe into clearing

A MUNSTER landowner is under investigation after allegedly flattening the edge of a wetland on Wednesday.

A nearby resident who contacted the Herald said paperbark trees were ripped out between the landowner’s home and a small lake, which forms part of Lake Coogee’s wetlands system.

The wetland, bordered on all sides by private property, is inaccessible to the public.

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• A landowner cleared the edge of this lake. Photo by Steve Grant

Cockburn council’s acting chief of engineering Anton Lees says the issue is mater is “being investigated by the City and has been referred to the Department of Environmental Regulation”.

“At this stage we are unable to provide further comment as the matter may appear before the courts.”

The Herald contacted the property owner but there was no-one available at the time who spoke English.We contacted the DER for comment but no dice at the time of going to press.

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