Draft Strategic Tree and Native Vegetation Policy
  • Last updated:
  • 19 Oct 2017

The draft Strategic Tree and Native Vegetation Management Policy and Tree Management Procedure was available for the public to review and provide feedback by 15 December 2015.


The policy outlines council’s role in the management of trees and native vegetation on council controlled land. The goal is to ensure that trees and native vegetation are managed in a sustainable manner. Public safety and risk remains the focus of council’s decision making regarding tree management.

Key activities outlined in the policy include:

  • tree inspection and maintenance
  • tree removal and offsets
  • tree planting
  • new works and protection of existing trees
  • unauthorised interference with vegetation.

Community engagement

Council invited the community to read the draft Strategic Tree and Native Vegetation Policy and Tree Management Procedure and provide feedback:

The purpose of the community engagement was to:

  • share council’s vision and increase understanding of the role trees play in our community
  • create community awareness of the policy and what it means
  • provide an opportunity for the community to provide feedback
  • gauge community interest in possible future tree programs.

Submissions have now closed.


Survey participants could go in the draw to win two nights stay at Treehouses Montville.

  • The prize is to be taken during 25 January to 24 March 2016, based on accommodation availability
  • The prize will be drawn on 20 December 2015 and the winner notified soon after.

Where to from here

Feedback will be collated and the policy will be considered for council adoption in early 2016.


The development of the policy is supported by the council’s Corporate Plan 2014-2019 – 3.2.5 Develop a Tree and Native Vegetation Policy to enhance the region’s urban forest and implement a street tree planting program.


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