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Management of Trees

Wingecarribee Shire Council is committed to managing the regions trees effectively to minimise asset management costs, whilst maximising the benefits trees provide to the community. 



Tree Management Activities


Council proactively manages trees located on land governed by Council, such as maintained roads, urban streets, parks and natural areas. Each year our tree management activities include:

  • Inspection and pruning programs to minimise problems with trees;
  • Removing and replacing declining trees to sustain the urban forest;
  • Protecting and promoting trees that contribute to the shires rich natural and built history;
  • Planting new trees and avenues and helping them to grow into strong, healthy and beautiful assets; and
  • Data collection programs 

linkTree Planting Requests (internal link)
linkTree Maintenance Requests (internal link)
linkIllegal Tree Works on Council Land (internal link)

linkPrivate Trees (internal link)

LinkStreet Tree Master Plan (internal link)



Frequently Asked Questions


Can I prune, remove or modify the street tree?
It is illegal for residents to prune, modify, remove or damage a Council controlled tree without prior Council consent.


Will Council remove my street tree if I ask?
Due to the importance of trees Council will only remove trees in poor health, structure, trees with a high risk score and or where a tree is causing measurable damage or safety issues to a person or property, and the problem cannot be prevented/abated by the application of industry accepted arboricultural practices, or reasonable redesign.


What happens with my tree maintenance request?
A Council Arborist will inspect the tree and determine what works are required. Once a determination has been made the work will be sent to a work team within a monthly works release. This will depend on the type of work required and its priority. If the job is determined as being of high priority or an emergency, Council will attend to the work as soon as possible.


Can I request a new street tree to be planted by Council?
Yes. please see the section that relates to “Tree Planting Requests”


Does Council prune trees away from power lines?
No. The contractors engaged by Endeavour Energy prune trees growing near power lines. Council contractors and work teams are not certified to complete this type of work. 


linkEndeavour Energy Vegetation Management (external link)


Wingecarribee Shire Council is committed to managing the regions trees effectively to minimise asset management costs, whilst maximising the benefits trees provide to the community. 


Last Updated: January 6th, 2017
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