Trees and Verges

Trees on Public Property

Tress on Private Property

Verges

Trees on Public Property

Trees significantly enhance our quality of life in the urban environment. Not only do trees provide habitat, moderate climate, improve air quality and reduce stormwater runoff, they also offer social, environmental and economic benefits throughout their lifetime.

Street Tree Pruning and Removal

The Town is responsible for maintaining street trees. Maintenance of street trees is only permitted to be undertaken by the Town or by a suitably qualified arborist approved by the Town.

The Town will normally only remove street trees if the tree is dead, diseased, structurally unsound to the extent it presents a danger to the community, is declared as a noxious weed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development or has no ecological or amenity value.

Further information on street trees is available in the Street Tree Policy:

Street Tree Policy

Tree Planting Program

The Town undertakes street tree planting annually.  To maximise the survival rate, each tree will be staked and planted in a basin with a layer of mulch. We will water the trees during the first two summers and residents are encouraged to water them too.

The planting season runs during the cooler months when young trees are more likely to establish well in their new environment, typically from June until September.

To green up our town, ratepayers and residents can also buy vouchers for a tray of 20 mixed native plant seedlings per household at a subsidised cost of $20 per tray. Being local native plants, the seedlings are already well adapted to our climate and, once established, should not require a high level of watering.

Significant Street Trees

The Town keeps a register of significant street trees, to recommend a significant tree for inclusion in the register, please contact the Town’s Parks and Gardens Services on 9377 8000.

Significant Tree Register

Trees on Private Property

Management of Trees on Private Property

The management of trees on private property is the responsibility of the owner/occupier.  Refer to the following information sheet for more details.

Trees on Private Property Information Sheet

Tree Protection

Local Planning Scheme No. 10 also contains provisions relating to tree preservation, including the ability for Council to order the preservation and maintenance of trees via Tree Preservation Orders and the implementation of Local Planning Policy No. 13 – Tree Retention and Provision

Register of Tree Preservation Orders

Tree Preservation Order Information Sheet and Application Form

Tree Retention and Provision (LPP 13)

Verge Planting

The Town encourages the development and maintenance of environmentally sustainable verge treatments.

The verge is a valued public space and to achieve the maximum potential of this space for the community, and your valued contribution in landscaping and maintaining the verge is encouraged.

These guidelines encourage you to install verge treatments within our community which:

  • reduce water use within the verge
  • decrease the urban heat island effect
  • provides a habitat for fauna and improves biodiversity
  • creates a sense of community and place
  • adds to the amenity of the local area
  • increases water infiltration and reduces stormwater runoff
  • improves soil quality and the health of street trees.

Verge Policy

Verge planting guidelines