Tree management on Council land

In Banyule we have 60,000 street trees and 160,000 trees in parks and reserves.

Our tree care and bushland crews work to make sure our trees are safe and pest-free, they prune and remove dead trees, and plant new ones on nature strips or in parks and reserves. We also provide a 24-hour emergency service removing fallen trees, particularly during and following storms. Contact 9490 4222.

Let us know if a tree on Council land has been damaged or needs attention, or to suggest a place for the planting of a new tree.

Tree planting

We plant our street trees from March to September. We water them in the warmer months, but we rely on residents to help water and care for trees on their nature strip.

When we replace a tree, it may be a different species. We select tree species from our Urban Forest Master Plan.

Nominate a Significant Tree(PDF, 30KB).

Pruning or removing trees

You can ask us to prune or remove a tree from a nature strip, park or reserve.

We will prune or remove a tree if it is:

  • presenting a risk
  • dead and has minimal value as a habitat for wildlife
  • affected by a disease or pest
  • approved as part of a planning permit
  • to meet statutory requirements, e.g. power line clearing.

Trees that are an invasive pest species and are causing problems to an asset will be removed.

We probably won’t prune or remove a tree because it:

  • casts too much shade
  • inhibits the performance of solar panels
  • interferes with antennas
  • drops leaves, twigs or fruit
  • is considered too big
  • you don’t like the species or its location
  • to clear property.

The first step to requesting removal of a tree is to organise an inspection. One of our senior arborists assesses the tree and reports their findings and decision.

Request a tree inspection

Review process

If you're unhappy with our arborist’s decision about the tree in question, you can request a review. As part of the review we may ask an independent consultant to assess the tree. If you are still not happy with the outcome of the review, our Director of Assets and City Services will get involved.

If a tree is removed a replacement tree will usually be planted in the same position or in a nearby more suitable location.

Tree pruning around powerlines

We are obligated to ensure public safety at all times in relation to fire risk, human injury and continuity of supply resulting from contact between power lines and vegetation.

Our Electric Line Clearance Management Plan(PDF, 2MB) sets out in detail how we approach tree pruning around power lines.

Please refer to our line clearing pruning cycle(PDF, 586KB).

Trees on private property

If you are thinking about pruning a tree on your property find out more about tree removal permits.