Bendigo's magnificent street trees line the roads around the city providing important framework for the historic buildings and architecture. Several thousand trees reside in the many parks and reserves around the shire. The tree department undertake the huge tasks involved in managing these assets through regular maintenance and careful selection of new tree stock to be planted.
Planting of 1,450 advanced trees in nature strips and road reserves throughout the municipality has commenced and is expected to be completed by the end of October. To view this year's program, click on the link below or alternatively contact our Parks and Natural Reserves Unit on 5454 9514 for more information.
We are responsible for all road reserve and park trees. For tree related works requests or enquiries contact Customer Service on 5434 6000 or log a request online. Customer Service will log a request if necessary or forward the call to an appropriate Parks officer to assist.
The assessment will determine if works are required, and if necessary what works are required. All tree inspections and works are recorded against the tree so that a history is available for each tree. This is possible through each individual residential nature strip tree having been electronically recorded onto a data base.
Requests for tree planting are assessed and if successful, added to a tree planting schedule for the following year. A tree planting plan is available on this page, where multiple trees are programmed for a street.
The watering requirements of some trees are designated for watering by the resident when it is not practical for us to provide that service.
The tree species selection for planting is determined largely by the residential location. The neighbourhood character strategy gives guidance for this, otherwise it is at the discretion of our Arborist responsible for the programming of nature strip tree planting.
The neighbourhood character strategy will for example indicate whether native or exotic tree species are appropriate, heritage areas are likely to have a pre-determined species.
In some circumstances we will allow you to be more involved with the tree planting, however planting trees on public land without consent from the land manager is not permitted. It is always best to discuss your proposal with a customer service officer first. As we are responsible for the maintenance and liability surrounding road reserve trees it is vital that only those tree species and planting locations deemed appropriate are utilised.
Where a developer has chosen to undertake the tree planting requirements of a new subdivision, the landscape plan depicting the locations and species to be planted must firstly be approved by our Coordinator of Landscape and Open Space Planning.
New subdivisions often require species from the local ecological vegetation class (EVC) to be planted, species indigenous to the Bendigo region or at minimum species that are native to Australia.
Requests for tree pruning or removal are inspected by our Arborists to determine if any works are required. If so a 'defect' will be recorded to the tree and the works programmed according to the severity of the risk or according to the availability of resources.
The City is responsible for approximately 3,600 Elm trees (of all ages) in parks and road reserves which are highly susceptible to severe attack by the Elm Leaf Beetle. All of these trees must be treated each year to control the effects of the beetle. This form of treatment is only effective when administered when soil moisture levels are optimum, but is effective for up to three seasons. The Elm trees treated in this manner are those located in Bendigo's four major parks; Rosalind Park, Bendigo Botanical Gardens, Canterbury Park and Lake Weeroona as well as the trees located in Elmore and Heathcote.
The remaining trees receive their annual foliar spraying to control the beetle around late November to early December. The spraying is conducted early in the morning while weather conditions are calm and dry and human activity is low. Only the Ulmus pervifolia (Chinese Elm) is not affected by the Elm Leaf Beetle.
Residents are encouraged to treat private trees and spraying of private trees by the Contractor we engage is likely to be cheaper during the above period as no travel costs will be involved.
For information on Council's control program up to and including 2013, as well as information on treating private trees, please see the Elm Leaf Beetle Control Season 2013 Notes for Discussion. Residents requiring more information regarding Elm Leaf Beetle control are encouraged to contact the Parks & Natural Reserves Unit on 5454 9514.
The 2013/14 Powerline Clearance Management Plan is now available. The Plan includes several appendices which are available to download below:
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Updated: 10:17 AM, 10 April 2014
195-229 Lyttleton Terrace
Bendigo Victoria 3550
PO Box 733
Bendigo Victoria 3552
Telephone: (+61 3) 5434 6000
Fax: (+61 3) 5434 6200
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