Trees and vegetation

Overview

You may need to resolve or report an issue regarding trees and vegetation on Council roads, road reserves and public land.

Overhanging or encroaching trees or vegetation

Between private properties

If you would like to make contact with your neighbours to discuss overhanging trees or vegetation or problems with roots, you can apply to Council to request their contact details (form available in Word(DOCX, 151KB) and PDF(PDF, 1MB)).

If you have a dispute with a neighbour regarding fencing, seek legal advice.  This is a private matter and Council does not deal with neighbour disputes. 

The Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria can help you with dispute resolution around neighbourhood issues such as fences, noise, pets, trees property damage or behaviour.  Phone 9603 8370 or 1800 658 528 (free call for country callers).

On public or Council land from private properties

Council has an obligation to keep footpaths and road areas clear for pedestrians and vehicles.  Vegetation that obstructs signs, pathways and roads can create hazards for road users and pedestrians.

If your trees overhang onto public land they must not hang lower than 3 metres from the surface of the footpath or road.  This allows pedestrians and vehicles to move without obstruction and does not obstruct signs.

When trimming trees or vegetation, please take into account that wet branches are heavier and can hang lower and cause problems to traffic or pedestrians.

On Council roads

Council undertakes Tree and Vegetation control on road reserves for sight distance and to maintain a clear carriage way on Council roads.

Fire prevention slashing is conducted throughout the shire during Fire Season – see Roadside slashing for more information

Removal of native vegetation on private property

You will generally need a permit to remove native vegetation from your property. For further information, see Native vegetation removal

Damage to Council land by trees or vegetation

You must not allow any tree or plant on your land to cause any damage to, or interfere with Council land or anything on it.

Trees and hedges at intersections

If your property is situated at the intersection of 2 or more roads, any vegetation within 12 metres of the intersection of the roads must not be more than 1.2 metres high.  This allows clear vision of signs, pedestrians and vehicles for road and footpath users.

Trimming of trees on roads or public land

You must not cut, destroy, damage, remove or interfere with any trees, including dead trees and fallen limbs or plants on any road or public land.  Contact us on 5422 0333 if you think a tree is hazardous in any way, including trees growing too close to power lines, roots damaging a footpath or trees causing obstruction to road or footpath users.

Fire access tracks

Annual inspections of fire access tracks are undertaken by Councils Fire Prevention Officer in conjunction with the various rural Fire Brigades in our shire. Work activities derived from these inspections are forwarded to Operations for works to be undertaken.

Note: Fire Access Tracks are not maintained outside fire restriction times.

Electric Line Clearance Management Plan

The Electric Line Clearance Management Plan establishes a system for Council to manage trees and maintain the clearance space between electric lines and trees. Objectives of this plan include public safety and the continuity of electricity supply, management of vegetation in a manner that maximises the amenity and environmental benefits and compliance with the Electric Safety (Electric Lane Clearance) Regulations 2010.

After hours emergency response

The After Hours Emergency Service provides assistance for emergencies relating to fallen trees or limbs on roads and other road hazards outside normal business hours.

Contact the After Hours Emergency Service on 5422 0333.