Liam Sheahan is almost certainly a boofhead. But he’s a patriot too. A very large Aussie flag flies patriotically from his property in Reedy Creek. He cracks a smile when he sees a chainsaw.
Years ago, he decided to clear by subtle means of bulldozer a whole bunch of trees surrounding his home on top of a hill which is no doubt also his castle.
The local council – Mitchell Shire – cracked the sads at his unilateral approach to fire safety, persecuting and prosecuting him, securing a $50000 fine and costing the axe-wielding patriot another fifty thousand in legals.Â He was ably represented in the hearing by barrister and former Melbourne Deputy Lord Mayor Clem Newton-Browne.
As noted by a commenter below who helpfully put up this link, the bloke’s cause was probably not helped when the council pursued him over the removal of the trees, according to the Herald Sun he responded [pdf] patriotically but perhaps unwisely:
the Sheahans told the complaining residents and the council to â€˜â€˜get stuffedâ€™â€™ when asked to explain the clearing. â€˜â€˜We could not care any less than we do now what any self-righteous self ap-pointed â€˜green policeâ€™ person thinks about what we are doing,â€™â€™ they wrote. â€˜â€˜It is our place, not theirs. We have owned it since 1982. We paid for it,Â not them, and they can go and get stuffed.â€™
Ultimately his decision to remove 250 trees saved his family and his home during the weekend’s bushfires.
He told The Age’s sceptical scribes:
“The house is safe because we did all that,” he said as he pointed out his kitchen window to the clear ground where tall gum trees once cast a shadow on his house.
“We have got proof right here. We are the only house standing in a two-kilometre area.”
He condemned the pinkos among Mitchell Shire officers and clowncillors:
“The council stood up in court and made us to look like the worst, wanton environmental vandals on the earth. We’ve got thousands of trees on our property. We cleared about 247,” he said.
Why does policy lunacy get a a patriot who wants to build a small fire break fined tens of thousands of dollars. Liam Sheahan has all the answers:
“Both the major parties are pandering to the Greens for preferences and that is what is causing the problem. Common sense isn’t that common these days,” Mr Sheahan said.
The man clearly – and urgently – belongs in Parliament.