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Sustainability and the Environment

Sustainability and the Environment

Trees

Trees produce oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide and filter airborne pollutants. They also provide shelter and shade and reduce the effects of wind. Also they add enormously to the beauty of our streetscapes and provide habitat for wildlife.

However, trees also can affect footpaths, kerbs, gutters, drains, fences and services infrastructure (both above and below the ground), causing inconvenience, issues of safety and expenditure of funds which may, in some circumstances, be disproportionate to their contribution.


Leafy Legacy

Greater Dandenong's Leafy Legacy street tree strategy helps Council plan its direction in terms of desired streetscape, its management and maintenance. The strategy outlines a process of continuous improvement for the management of council’s street trees.  In conjunction with this strategy, a holistic asset management approach is taken to ensure all of councils asset classes are managed in consideration of each other. This ensures informed management decisions are made with the full knowledge of the impact on funding and service levels for each individual asset class.

Download Leafy Legacy street tree strategy (Word - 15.5KB)

 

Tree maintenance

Trees on public land within the City of Greater Dandenong are maintained by Council.

Council are responsible for the street pruning program, identifying significant trees and managing dangerous trees.


Trees and powerlines

Council has a statutory obligation to prune vegetation from around overhead powerlines. This is to ensure the energy company is able to supply power safely and continuously to residents.

If you have any concerns about trees near power lines contact Council or submit an online report form.


Fallen trees

If you find a tree that has blown over, a fallen branch or tree in a street or public area, contact Council on 8571 1000 and they will deal with it immediately.


Street tree pruning program

Trees in the City of Greater Dandenong are maintained by Council. Through its street tree pruning program, Council inspects and prunes naturestrip trees every two years to ensure that:

  • trees are clear of the overhead electric wires
  • pedestrians are safe to use the footpaths without concern of low hanging branches
  • traffic is safe to use the roadway without concern for low branches
  • deadwood is removed from the tree 
  • juvenile trees are shaped

Pruning is conducted by dividing the municipality into 13 blocks, with each block worked on at a certain period over the two year cycle. Contact Council to find out the date for your street's next pruning.

 

Electric Line Clearance Management Plan

Council is responsible to provide efficient electric line clearance management. The duties of the responsible council officer, as set out in the Electricity Safety Regulation (2010), is to ensure:

  • Safety to public and property
  • Provision of a safe working place for employees and service providers
  • Compliance with the Code of Practice for Electric Line Clearance 2010
  • Management of vegetation to maximize the amenity value of the Council’s street trees
  • Management of trees for aesthetic, cultural, ecological or environmental significance
  • Community satisfaction with the manner in which the necessary works required by the Act are performed

View Electric Line Clearance Management Plan 2017-18 (PDF - 1.44MB)


Significant tree register

The City of Greater Dandenong is developing a Significant Tree Register in order to identify significant vegetation within the municipality.

In order to ensure all significant trees make the list, Council is enlisting the help of its residents. If you are aware of a tree that is exceptionally old, large or unique, culturally significant or is a rare or exotic species, Council wants to know.

To nominate a tree for the significant tree register download the significant tree register nomination form (PDF - 121KB) and return in person or via post or email (details on form).

Complete as much of the nomination form as you can and attach colour photographs of the tree if possible. Please make sure you include your name, address and contact phone number so Council can verify your nomination.