Geelong’s trees are an important, vibrant part our city and surrounds, providing many services to the local community, contributing to Geelong’s liveability and localised neighbourhood characters.
Our trees help to:
- shade the city and its hard surfaces during hot summers,
- enhance our local biodiversity,
- reduce stormwater run-off into rivers and the bay,
- absorb air pollution (sequester and store carbon).
We are responsible for managing over 70,000 street trees and around 40,000 park trees as well as the trees along rural roadways and in reserves, including those along our waterways and bike trails.
In line with our Urban Forest Strategy and Sustainability Framework, we recognise that all public owned trees managed by the City are dynamic, living assets requiring ongoing maintenance and management.
A new draft tree management policy has been developed to guide the successful management and protection of our vast tree population.
The draft policy will:
- apply to all Council departments, government entities, utility companies, land owners, developers and community members.
- guide decision making in the consideration of planning permits and project design and implementation across Council.
- outline when Council will plant, prune or remove a tree and what measures must be undertaken to protect and enhance the tree population. Key provisions of the policy address:
- Tree planting;
- Tree maintenance;
- Tree protection;
- Tree removal;
- Tree root interactions with public and private infrastructure; and
- Native Vegetation Framework
The community is now invited to have their say on these seven key topics in the draft tree management policy.
The draft policy is located, for review, in the document library of this page.