Trees on Council Land


Snowy Monaro Regional Council is committed to providing streetscapes, parks and open spaces that provide visual amenity to towns and villages within the council. The climate of the area allows for the seasonal displays to be showcased by selective tree planting and the changing streetscapes form an important part of our local character. Trees play a vital role in our town and village environments as they attract visitors, increase property values and protect us from the sun. The maintenance of trees and shrubs on Council controlled property is carried out by Council staff.
  
 Tree Remo​val
 Council’s Tree Management Policies aim to manage the planting, removal and pruning of trees in our local area. In accordance with Council’s Tree Removal and Replacement Policy trees will be retained unless:

  • The tree is dead
  • The tree poses an imminent hazard to people or property
  • The tree is damaging existing property or infrastructure
  • The tree is causing unacceptable levels of shading or affecting the amenity of a property – these trees will be assessed by Council staff and if approval is granted all costs for the removal will be met by the affected owner
Trees will not be removed due to:
  • Leaf or fruit drop
  • Residents don’t like it or think it is ugly
  • Inappropriate placement of structures such as solar panels within private property
The Assessment Process
 When processing applications to prune or remove a tree, Council staff will consider a broad range of issues including: 

  • Safety and risk management
  • Environmental considerations
  • Amenity conditions
To report a tree problem please contact Council on 1300 345 345 or email council@snowymonaro.nsw.gov.au.   Your request will be placed in Council’s Customer Request system and the tree will be assessed by Council’s recreation staff as soon as possible. Please remember to provide your contact details when reporting tree issues.

Tree Replacement
 Any trees removed from Council land will be replaced with an appropriate species in accordance with the streetscape or park plan and tree selection criteria. A list of recommended trees is available in Council’s Preferred Ornamental and Native Tree Species List.