Strathbogie Shire Council

Tel: 1800 065 993

Environmental Heritage

Lopping or removing a tree on your property

Native vegetation removal, which includes lopping and or destroying, is regulated by State legislation and the Strathbogie Shire Planning Scheme.

Council recognises some native vegetation removals are unavoidable, however you may need either a planning permit and/or Council's advice regarding other consents and permit exemptions before removing native vegetation (includes trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses).

Failure to obtain appropriate permits and or consents could lead to prosecution and enforcement action.

Before you lop, remove or destroy any native vegetation, we strongly recommend you contact us to find out whether a planning permit, other consent or exemption applies to your situation.

Some 95 per cent of unlawful native vegetation removals are brought to our attention by everday residents of the Shire of Strathbogie, so it pays to speak to Council first.

Our Planning Department is only a phone call away on 1800 065 993 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Our staff will advise you to what extent these and other exemptions relate to your land and how best to apply the requirements including the "minimise and avoid" principles. 

 

Lopping or removing a tree on Crown Land

Strathbogie Shire is widely recognised as possessing some of the most ecologically valuable roadsides in the nation, and supporting some of Australia's most ancient remnant landscapes.

Much has been cleared for farming and other uses, but our roadside trees are true arks from a time we will never know again.

Many of our trees have been growing since before the Mona Lisa was created, yet have a value far less than Da Vinci's painting.

Regardless of the nature of works, or the content of our Planning Scheme, residents must obtain permissin from Council if they wish to undertake any activity on Crown Land managed by Council.

This includes roadsides, reserves, parks, and any other publically managed entity owned by the citizens of Victoria and managed in perpetuity by the Shire of Strathbogie.

You will need either a planning permit or a Council staff member's advice to remove native trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses.

You may also require a Permit to Work on a Road Reserve, which ensures road users, underground services and yourself are not harmed.

You can contact our Planning Department on 1800 065 993 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Significant trees and land

In many areas of cultural heritage significance, such as areas or sites affected by a Heritage Overlay, you may need a planning permit to remove both native and non-native vegetation such as exotic garden trees.

You will need either a planning permit and a Council staff member's advice to remove native trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses.

Our Planning Department is only a phone call away on 1800 065 993 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 



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