Public tree removal

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Public tree pruning is undertaken to preserve the health of a tree and to ensure public safety. The removal of trees in streets, parks and reserves is necessary when a tree has reached or is approaching over-maturity and it poses a high risk of damage or personal injury to the community. The decision to remove a tree is based on whether the tree:

  • is in poor health and remedial work has been unsuccessful
  • is considered potentially dangerous or in danger of falling
  • exposes Council to significant ongoing costs in relation to claims for personal or property damage
  • has caused damage to roads, footpaths, services and drains and where remedial measures and repair works may affect the health of a tree or not guarantee a permanent solution
  • is of a species identified as problematic because it is a recognised public health issue and is not listed on the Heritage Register or Council’s Register of Significant Trees.

Notification Process

For trees on public land over five metres in height, our community will be notified and they will be able to give feedback prior to work taking place:

  • For single tree removals, a letter is sent to surrounding residents. The letter will state the location and species of the tree; the reasons for the proposed work; the replacement species and a contact name and number.
  • For removal of more than two trees, or if a tree is considered prominent/significant surrounding residents and the relevant Precinct Convenor and Councillors will be notified. Notification will also be placed on the tree.
  • Any proposed removal of a tree listed on Council’s Significant Tree Register or a prominent tree in a heritage conservation area will require a development application to be submitted to Council. Notification will follow the same procedure for development applications which includes all Councillors and the relevant Precinct Committee.
  • If street pruning is scheduled for listed heritage or significant streetscapes, residents will be notified prior to commencement of pruning.

Notification Period

Notification will occur a minimum of two weeks prior to the proposed works (except if the tree is dead, dying, or hazardous and in immediate danger of collapsing). At the end of this period an assessment will be made of the responses received and the appropriate Council Officer will make a decision on the procedure of works and inform the residents who responded.

Dead or Dying Trees

Notification for removal of dead or dying trees will only occur if there is evidence of vandalism and investigation will be undertaken by Council’s Rangers and Compliance staff.

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