The important role street trees play within the urban environment is recognised by Council.
Apart from contributing to a more aesthetically pleasing environment, street trees also provide many other benefits including:
- Provision of shade,
- Reduction of “greenhouse gases” through carbon offsetting,
- Water and air quality improvement,
- Psychological benefits,
- Erosion control, and
- Temperature buffering
Further information is available in Council's Tree Management Policy (PDF,2.2MB)
Can I plant trees on the footpath?
Permission from Council is required prior to planting a tree on the footpath. Contact Council on 1300 79 49 29 and speak to the Open Space and Environment Team or complete an application form - Application to Plant Street Trees on Council Controlled Land(PDF,131kB).
What can I plant on the footpath?
A Council officer will inspect the area of footpath that fronts the property and determine if the site is suitable for street tree planting. They will ensure that an appropriate species is selected for the growth room available, that the soil conditions and other factors that influence tree growth are suitable and that conflicts with existing infrastructure and current use do not occur.
Will Council be carrying out any street tree planting?
Council’s street tree planting program is dependent upon available resources. A set amount is identified each year within Council’s Capital works budget for tree planting.
Does Council give away free trees?
Council does not currently give away free trees to residents.
How can I care for my new street tree?
A Council officer can provide you with an advisory document outlining the “do’s and don’ts” for tree planting and aftercare.
Can I prune my existing street tree?
No. It is against the local laws to damage or interfere with a street tree. If you have a concern about your street tree or think that it requires pruning, contact Council on 1300 79 49 29.
What do I do if the residents in my street want to carry out planting as a community activity?
Council will provide assistance in coordinating this activity.
For further information please contact Council’s Open Space and Environment Team on 1300 79 49 29.