Native vegetation removal
Removal of native vegetation species (including lopping, trimming or pruning of standing trees) is not permitted without approvals under the Murrindindi Planning Scheme. Unauthorised clearance of native vegetation is illegal and offenders may be prosecuted under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
Native vegetation control should only occur through approved permits or by obtaining an exemption under the Murrindindi Planning Scheme. The Scheme provides for vegetation protection in some areas, and there may also be agreements or covenants on land titles relating to vegetation protection.
Before removing or trimming native vegetation, you should contact Council’s Planning Department to discuss your needs on 5772 0317.
The native vegetation control regulations in the Murrindindi Planning Scheme have a range of exemptions. See Clause 52.17 (Native Vegetation) of the Scheme for further information.
Vegetation removal for bushfire prevention
If your property/dwelling falls within a Bushfire Management Overlay, the planning provisions allow for a range of approved measures for bushfire protection. This includes allowances for creating defendable space (i.e. removal of vegetation under specified clearance rules).
Bushfire protection can also be achieved through other means such as the way you site and construct your dwelling, the way adjoining land is managed and the level of access to water supply and roads.
To find out if your property is in a Bushfire Management Overlay visit www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/ .
Think before you remove! If you are not sure about what your legal requirements are, please contact the Council’s Planning Department on 5772 0317.
General vegetation management
When managing vegetation on your property, keep the following things in mind:
- Choose an area that is manageable
- Vegetation management isn’t just about cutting grass or pruning trees and shrubs. It also may include weed control, erosion works and fencing
- Plant shrubs as well as trees and plan for native grasses if you can as they generally have a lower fuel load than exotic grasses and provide higher biodiversity value. The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA) recommends you plant 70% understorey and 30% trees
- Seek local advice. There are a number of local nurseries in the region that can provide information on which species grow well in different situations
- Just because it is native to Australia, doesn’t mean it is welcome in our Shire. There are a number of useful plant guides available from the GBCMA website above or phone (03) 5736 0100.
Financial incentives may also be available to assist with your vegetation management. Contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP) or Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA) before you start your revegetation project as there may be financial incentives available to assist in your works.
Managing vegetation on Council owned land
If you believe that trees or vegetation need better management on Council owned land, please complete and submit a customer request form or contact Council on (03) 5772 0333.