Permit required to remove street trees
The City of Greater Bendigo would like to remind residents and landowners that they must not remove any nature strip or street trees without first obtaining the correct permission from the City.
City of Greater Bendigo Manager Parks and Open Space Paul Gangell said street trees are important City assets and must not be removed, relocated or pruned by residents or landowners without a permit.
“The City understands that sometimes trees need to be removed for various works to take place but this cannot take place unless the resident or landowner applies to the City for a Works Within a Road Reserve Permit,” Mr Gangell said.
“The best course of action is to always contact the City first to discuss any issues they may have with their street trees or visit the City’s website www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/locallaws for information on applying for a permit.
“The City manages and maintains over 120,000 urban trees across Greater Bendigo in local streets and public open spaces and plants over 1,000 new trees every year which will increase to 3,000 trees per year by 2024.
“Urban trees are important because they provide countless environmental, economic and social benefits by supporting community health and wellbeing and enhancing the character of our urban areas and townships.
“Our trees and greenspaces are essential to creating a liveable community by providing shade and cooling in our urban areas. They also promote physical and mental wellbeing and improve the quality of water, soils and ecosystems.
“In new subdivisions the City requires developers to plant at least one new street tree in the nature strip of each property. These trees are planted before construction of most new dwellings take place so that the trees can establish before any building works take place.
“The City encourages and welcomes innovation and creativity in urban design and understands that some flexibility is required with respect to placement of street trees and landscaping in the nature strip area so we encourage residents and landowners to contact us before taking matters into their own hands.”
Residents can contact the City on 54346000 or visit www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/locallaws for more information about permits.