DA in Armidale NSW

I am submitting a DA to Armidale Council NSW. The only sticking point is a roadside tree ( about 3 M high). This tree will have to be removed in order for DA to proceed. Council want $3000 compensation. I have offered to move tree or plant replacement tree or trees but they are not interested. Is there anything I can do ?
f it was happening in your street you'd be annoyed by some developer chopping down the trees. sounds like you might have to grease their palms in this case.