Council arborists will assess each requested location site to determine the suitability and the best species to be planted based on a range of criteria including the existing trees in the nearby area and powerlines and other potential intrusions that may be present.
Species that have been previously planted as part of the program include Bottlebrush, Crepe Myrtle, Evergreen Ash, Water Gum, Weeping Lilly Pilly, Brush Box, Flowering Gum, Tuckeroo, Bottletree, Cheese Tree, Jacaranda.
The assessment process considers the future growth of the tree so as not to affect footpaths, kerbs or gutters. Applications won’t be deemed successful if a tree cannot safely grow without causing damages.
The most suitable location for the tree will be determined by Council staff.
Trees can be planted under powerlines in some cases. Appropriate tree species will be selected so as not to interfere with the powerlines.
As part of the site assessment, underground services will be located and identified. This allows Council staff to identify a suitable location that will not interfere with underground services on site.
Urban trees play a vital role in creating healthy cities and suburbs. They provide shade and shelter, improve air quality, absorb rainfall, create visually appealing spaces and support wildlife. Access to urban greening and trees has also been shown to have important health benefits, such as reducing stress, and improving cognitive function and mental health.
Community Street Tree Planting Program is part of Council's commitment to delivering environmentally driven projects and improving green spaces that contribute to local character, amenity and urban cooling.
In February 2021, Council planted 136 trees in the first round of the program. This is in addition to the 5,000 native seedlings given to the community for free as part of the Native Seedlings Giveaway. Community feedback and input from Council’s urban vegetation canopy assessment will be used to decide the number of trees available for future rounds.
For the purposes of this program, only the homeowner is permitted to submit a street tree expression of interest.
If, following the assessment process, you are successful in securing a street tree for your property, it falls to the owner of the property to manage upkeep and maintenance of the tree, including watering it through the establishment phase.