Staff Profiles
Tree removal permits, and planning schemes.

TreeFX

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In light of recent changes to the Planning Schemes of local councils – specifically involving TREE REMOVAL I thought it was an idea to highlight some of the issues that are likely to arise or already have arisen and maybe flag some concerns I have.

For a long time, I have been hoping to see some consistency across councils and even within specific councils regarding the planning schemes. To say the least they are a mine filed!

Well now I guess I can’t argue that the changes in Whitehorse aren’t consistent.

Every tree over 5 meters with a trunk circumference of 100cm measured at 1 metre above the ground now requires a tree removal permit. There are some exemptions involving dead, dying or dangerous trees, however for the most part the rule is clear and concise.

Firstly, I believe the cost of the permits are excessive. Its $192 for a permit application to remove 1 tree and the same amount again for every tree after that. The council also...

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Tree removal permits... let us help you avoid the headaches!

TreeFX

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Need a tree removed? Is it dying or dangerous, or is it something that keeps you awake at night because your concerned about the risk it poses to your family and property? Are you planning or carrying out a development, or are you wanting to prepare your property for the sometimes constant threat of bush fires?

Well the truth is that removing a tree on your own property may not be as straight forward as you think.

These days councils have many restrictions governing tree and vegetation removal on your property, and finding the correct information about the rules that apply to your property is often very difficult.

Various overlays such as Vegetation Protection Overlays (VPO), Significant Landscape Overlays (SLO), Heritage Overlays (HO), Environmental Significance Overlays (ESO) and many more have varying laws that impact whether permits are required to remove trees and stumps, and sometimes even to carry out tree pruning. There are also Local Laws that govern...

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The benefits of mulching your Trees.

TreeFX

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Every day I go out and meet with people to assess their trees and provide advice on their health and safety;  and I constantly find myself talking about the same things over and over, and the thing that I talk about to people the most is the benefits of mulching their trees and garden.

The reason is that mulching your trees is undoubtedly the cheapest, easiest thing you can do to promote, maintain and ensure the long term health and longevity of the trees in your garden.

The biggest benefit is that the mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil. In a rapidly changing environment with more extremes experinced in weather events we need to prepare for longer periods of below average rainfall. Mulching helps to reduce evaporation whilst also soaking up moisture and retaining it for longer periods. Other than sunlight, water is the most important thing needed by a tree to maintain necessary tree functions, such as photosynthesis, transporation and nutrient uptake. Without...

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