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.
Draft Greening Our City - Urban Tree Strategy 2018 – 2028
Council's current street tree strategy known as “Leafy Legacy” was developed in 2002. Council has drafted a new strategy “Greening Our City - Urban Tree Strategy 2018–28".
Public feedback on the strategy has now closed but residents can still read the draft Greening Our City - Urban Tree Strategy 2018–28.
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.
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 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.
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:
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.
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:
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.