Trees in parks, gardens and reserves (Council managed land)
Council is responsible for the management and maintenance of trees on the Shire's street roadsides and those on Council owned land. Good planning, species selection and appropriate maintenance are vital for safe and manageable street, roadside and other trees that will provide aesthetic, physical, environmental and ecological benefits to the community.
Council's objective is to provide reasonable and consistent guidelines to defuse emotive situations that may arise over trees on Council owned land in a fair and consistent manner for our community.
For further information please see Council's Tree Management Guidelines Policy (1.08mB PDF).
Trees on my property (private property)
For information in regards to removing a tree from your property please see, Tree Preservation Orders and Preservation of Trees or Vegetation DCP (320kB PDF).
If you are interested in planting trees on your property please see our Native Plants page for guidelines on what species is best suited to your property, and Native Plants for information on what trees and plants will attract local fauna to your property.
Council's Nursery sells native rainforest plants at very competitive prices to the public.
Trees on my neighbours property (Private Property)
Council does not have jurisdiction over trees on private property unless an application has been made for the removal of a tree/s from properties subject to a Tree Preservation Order or Council's more recent Preservation of Trees or Vegetation DCP (320kB PDF) .
The Trees (Disputes Between Neighbours) Act 2006 provides a mechanism for resolving disputes between neighbours involving trees through the Land and Environment Court.
Under this legislation residents must first attempt to resolve a dispute through mediation with their neighbours before applying to the Court to have their cases heard.
Further information about this process can be obtained from the following websites: