Some people are still quoting the Sheahan's false tale about chopping down 250 eucalypts. What they did and what they were fined for was clearing land without a permit. This article, written by the President of the Upper Yarra and Dandenongs Environment Council, describes what actually took place as well as I could. It also points out that in the rush to get items to press, not one journalist contacted the Mitchell Shire to find out what really happened.
The saga dates back long before the 2009 bushfires in Victoria (Australia) and you can read a description of what really happened in item 9.6 on page 12174 of the Minutes of Mitchell Shire Council here.
This might be a post that I'll keep adding to from time to time. It's not as if there is a lack of good material.