Tree Removal/Pruning

Park and Public Reserves - Tree Pruning and Tree Maintenance

  • Professional tree pruning and tree maintenance is undertaken by staff/ contractors who have training in arboricultural techniques.
  • Tree pruning and tree maintenance is scheduled as an ongoing program of works.
  • Where possible, the preference is to maintain trees in their natural form.

Pruning of trees is undertaken:

  • To maintain and improve the condition of trees and to prolong their healthy life span
  • Safety reasons, such as power line management and fire break requirements
  • For pedestrian or traffic safety - usually by under-pruning of tree for clear zone below canopy

Trees will not be pruned for any of the following reasons:

  • Leaf, flower, nut, twig and generally naturally occurring debris
  • For private amenity, such as to establish or enhance views
  • To enable additional sunlight for solar panels or other reasons
  • Trees overhanging private property boundary from Shire-managed Reserves

Trees within Reserves under Shire management including parks:

  • Residents can review adjacent trees to their property
  • Refer to the Citizens Advice Bureau - Overhanging branches and roots fact sheet
  • Residents can undertake required pruning where they extend over property boundaries, however, works will need to be coordinated through an approved tree pruner to ensure the tree/s will not be adversely impacted
  • A written request to the Shire of Murray is required (via form), and approval granted prior to works.

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Nature of Request

This form relates to trees located in or on Shire of Murray parks, verges, roundabouts, median strips or building surrounds

I am reporting a tree that requires

Street trees may be considered for removal if they are:

  • Dead or diseased and beyond remedial treatment
  • Structurally weak and dangerous, posing a risk to public safety
  • Rendered dangerous and/or irreparable due to storm damage
  • A hazard to pedestrians and motorists as its location, species or alignment obstructs necessary vision or other safety aspects
  • In dangerous proximity to overhead power lines or distribution wires and where for reasons of growth habit pertaining to the species, selective pruning is not practical

Street trees are pruned on a schedule, which varies depending on their proximity to overhead powerlines

Trees will not be pruned or removed on the basis of:

  • Causing too much shade
  • Dropping fruit, bark or leaves
  • Obstructing scenic views
  • Personal preference

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