Trees provide a raft of interconnected environment, social and economic benefits to the community, such as shade, streetscape amenity, air pollution reduction and habitat for wildlife.
Council manages 55,000 street trees and a significant number of park trees. The street tree population alone is worth an estimated $182 million.
Greening Our City - Urban Tree Strategy 2018–28
Greening Our City - Urban Tree Strategy 2018–28 considers the current status, issues and opportunities for Council managed trees. The largest issue facing Council is that there are simply not enough street or park trees to provide the benefits needed by the community, in particular shade. Greater Dandenong's overall canopy (area) cover is only 9.9% which is the lowest of all metropolitan Melbourne.
Planting more trees is not as simple as digging a hole and planning a tree. Careful planning must ensure that our streetscapes contain adequate space to accommodate trees, that the right species are chosen and that ongoing maintenance and risk management is undertaken to create safe and amenable streetscapes. The existing tree population also needs careful management and planning, to ensure a healthy and attractive tree population.
The Urban Tree Strategy has set a vision for 'a healthy, green and resilient urban forest that is well managed, protected and provides benefits to the community'. A series of actions and targets have been set for the next 10 years. By strategically planting more trees in locations of greatest need and following a set of best practice technical and management guidelines, Council aims to have increased canopy cover to 15% by 2018.
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.
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 2018-19 (PDF - 2.28MB)
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.