Native vegetation includes trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses that are local to Victoria and Australia. It can range from farmland with scattered paddock trees, to bushland or treeless areas of scrub or grassland.
In fact, some of the most rare or threatened vegetation types do not include trees at all, such as native grasslands, wetlands and alpine regions.
We have prepared a guide to the native flora of the Macedon Ranges(PDF, 11MB) that is intended for beginners who are new to learning about local plant species. The guide includes many of the most common species a bushwalker is likely to see, but is only a small selection of the many hundreds of the flora species found in the Macedon Ranges. This guide can also be used to learn more about flora species and their uses in a native garden setting.
In Victoria, native vegetation removal is regulated through the state and local planning system.
To help you revegetate your property, we have information about Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVC's) specific to your land.
Permits may be required
If you intend to remove native vegetation, you will generally need a permit to remove, lop, prune or destroy native vegetation.
To help with the permit process, there is a checklist for planning permit application for vegetation removal(DOC, 61KB).
Please read the Tree Protection Guidelines(PDF, 474KB) to provide you with the requirements for the removal and protection of trees.
Our Environmental Planner can help you determine if you need a permit, what to include in your application and if we need to visit your property. Contact us on (03) 5422 0333.
Permit exemptions may apply
You may not need a permit if you are removing native vegetation to reduce bushfire hazards.
Changes to planning controls following the February 2009 Black Saturday bushfires include new native vegetation removal exemptions that allow landowners to remove native vegetation around existing homes for fire protection, where the risk of bushfire exists and the intention is to reduce fuel load.
For more information on native vegetation removal and permit requirements, contact us on (03) 5422 0333.