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.
Urban Forest Tree Repurposing Guidelines
Australian Local Governments play a critical role in managing and caring for public vegetation, especially trees. This care also includes managing the end of each tree’s life. Trees in urban areas are removed for many reasons, including old age, making way for urban development or infrastructure, managing risk, conflict with infrastructure and even misdemeanour.
Tree repurposing enables opportunities to use logs for habitat or milling them into lengths of timber for furniture making or mulching them to return nutrients to the soil and create habitat.
This Guideline looks at the various options and a decision-making framework for repurposing timber from trees removed in the public realm. It provides an easy to use decision making hierarchy to maximise the repurposing opportunities arising from the removal of urban trees.
Urban Forest Tree Repurposing Guideline (PDF - 2MB)
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 one of 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 2028.
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.
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.
Removal of Council Trees
Given the Council’s low canopy cover and aims to increase this cover over the next ten years, it is vital to retain as much tree canopy as possible. Council's Tree Removal and Retention Guideline sets the criteria for tree removal. Trees which do not meet the criteria for removal will be retained.
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 (2015), 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 2019-20