Trees & Vegetation

1.Tree Inspections

The Shire complete programmed tree inspections along road lengths, under powerlines and of individual trees in parks and reserves.

The Shire responds to customer requests for inspection of street trees respond to aspects such as in terms of growth, structural defects, storm damage, fungal infections, borer activity or disease putting the health of the trees at risk and the encroachment into pavements, tracks and other open areas that may cause safety hazards is also included.

Please note: Private trees are excluded from Shire programmed or reactive inspections. 

2.Tree Pruning on Public Property

All pruning should comply with Australian Standards 4373 – Pruning of Amenity Trees.
Pruning should only be completed as identified to action the following:

  • Remove structurally unsound limbs.
  • Remove dead or diseased material.
  • Maintain prescribed clearances from service and traffic thoroughfares.
  • Maintain tree form through removal of misshapen limbs.
  • Minimise future problems.
  • To remove an immediate safety risk to the public.

Pruning of large limbs of Council-owned trees is not permitted by anyone other than Council staff service providers engaged by Council.

3.Guidelines for Pruning on Private Property

Vegetation from private property encroaching on safe and maintained pedestrian or bicycle paths is the responsibility of the property owner.

4.Powerline Clearing

The Shire has an obligation to keep trees and vegetation clear of powerlines and electrical infrastructure within the declared urban area on Shire property only. The clearances requirements are in accordance with Electricity Safety (Electric Lines Clearance Regulations 2015).

The program includes vegetation pruning to achieve clearances around powerlines in declared areas.

  • High Bushfire Risk Areas (HBRA) are inspected and pruned on an annual basis to achieve compliance.
  • Low Bushfire Risk Areas (LBRA) are inspected and pruned on a 3 yearly cycle.
  • For private property and undeclared high fire risk areas please contact United Energy on 1300 131 689 or visit http://uemg.com.au/

For additional information please refer to the Shire’s Electric Line Clearance Management Plan(PDF, 5MB)

5.Tree Response Crews

 Did you know that the Shire has three Tree Response Crews that undertake pruning, branch pickups and other maintenance across the Peninsula?

 The crews work in all townships across the Peninsula, with each focusing on a geographic region to improve efficiency and reduce travel times.

 Let us know if you have a tree related request or concern by contacting the Shire via email, phone  (03) 5950 1000 or 1300 850 600  or in person at one of our offices. Our qualified tree inspectors will then attend to the case.  When an outcome can be achieved in the short term, works are scheduled for Direct Action. If a case requires more extensive work or is complex, a Referral is made to the tree management team for further investigation and response.

6.Street Trees & Vegetation

The Shire has a Township Street Tree and Vegetation Policy which provides guidelines within regard to the management of vegetation within the Road Reserve. Street Tree Veg Policy 2006(PDF, 969KB)

For more information about this policy and information relating to vegetation and vehicle crossovers, please visit our section on Street Trees & Vegetation and our planning section on Vegetation Removal

7.Removals

Trees are identified for removal through an arborist inspection and then listed as a recommendation for removal.  These trees are given a priority order based on risk. Recommendations for removal can include trees that impact powerlines or damage infrastructure.

The following reasons are not considered for removal under this program:

  • Provide or maintain views from private properties
  • Branch growth over adjacent properties
  • Leaf or nut litter is a natural occurrence
  • Lack of grass growth under tree
  • Trees causing minor damage to infrastructure

8.Planting

The tree species identified for planting are predominately indigenous or native to the area. However during the consultation process ornamental species will be considered in designated urban areas. After the tree is planted there is a 12 months maintenance period to assist the tree to establish which includes monitoring and watering as identified during inspections and weather conditions.  

Download the Street Tree Renewal Program 2014-15(PDF, 682KB)

9.Street Tree and Vegetation Removal – planning

Applications for street tree or vegetation removal may be approved after all relevant planning permits have been obtained and no other alternatives are available and residents have been consulted. Visit our planning section on Vegetation Removal

If there are objections to street tree or vegetation removal the Project Supervisor will endeavour to allay concerns, find alternatives or refer the case to Council for consideration.

In terms of street tree or vegetation removal the Shire's Parks and Roadsides team is subject to the same planning controls as the rest of the community and where necessary they are required to apply for a Planning Permit before tree removal is permitted.