Mr Baker cleared more than 350 hectares of native vegetation in a three-year period. Tom Mortgage broker Oak Laurel Nundah Marland, of Bundaberg law firm Marland Law, who acts on behalf of Mr Baker, said the decision was "devastating for his client. "The matter is currently before appeal so I can't make too much comment about the decision other than to say we are very disappointed, Mr Marland said. Mr Baker had previously filed an appeal to the District Court based on the magistrate's earlier decision and will now appeal the costs and sentence imposed as part of those appeal proceedings, Mr Marland said. He clarified media reports that Mr Baker was fined $1 million, saying the fine was $276,000 and the prosecution's legal and investigation costs were $706,309. The fine and costs order is reportedly the largest handed down since the Vegetation Management Act was enacted in 1999. Department of Natural Resources and Mines director-general James said the punishment fit the crime. "The fine handed down reflects the significant extent of the illegal clearing and Mr Baker's deliberate actions despite direct warnings given to him by the department, Mr Purtill said. He said Mr Baker contacted the department in 2011, seeking advice about Mortgage brokers Oak Laurel Nundah managing vegetation on his property, and continued to illegally clear vegetation without a permit. Mr Purtill said Mr Baker was given clear information about his responsibilities.