Protecting our trees
The City has a responsibility to promote and protect the public health, safety and general welfare of its residents through its management of trees in public areas.
As the City continues to grow and develop, we are losing more trees but we have a plan to prevent this and reverse the decline. You can help too. All residents are encouraged to apply to have a street tree planted where suitable to do so.
Trees offer many benefits; not just shade on a hot day. Trees individually and collectively benefit our community and the natural environment by:
- providing food and shelter to a range of birds, animals and insects
- filtering the air, improving air quality
- buffering urban noise
- improving visual aesthetics
- moderating extremes of temperatures
- assisting in energy conservation
- enhancing property prices
- increasing personal wellbeing and quality of life.
Understandably trees do provide some challenges trying to compete for ever decreasing space in the urban environment, however we encourage the community to embrace trees as the benefits greatly out way the inconveniences that they present.
Tree Management - Public Land
The City is responsible for the planting, maintaining and removal of trees within the City’s reserves and streetscapes. In an urban environment trees, from time to time, can have some potential impacts such as:
- debris from leaves, flowers, fruit, or bark dropping on roofs, gutters, paths, garden beds or lawns
- potential damage to infrastructure either from encroaching roots or branches
- shading of lawns, shrubs and solar panels.
Overall the benefits from trees are considered significantly higher than the potential impacts and for this reason, we follow strict guidelines regarding the management of trees. When requests are received to remove or prune trees the principle is that alternative options will be explored before removing or pruning trees. If you consider that a tree poses a hazard due to it being dead, diseased or unsafe it can be reported and a City officer will inspect and make assessment.
To request a tree inspection or report an issue make and enquiry via our online form. Alternatively please call 9528 0333.
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Street Tree Requests
Would you like a street tree planted on your verge or have a particular location you see the need for additional trees? Please let us know as we would love to plant more trees within the City’s street verges. Rally your neighbours and have the whole street planted! You can apply online now.
The City undertakes public request tree planting each winter with requests now open for the 2019 planting program. Information about permissible street trees is available below.
On receiving your application:
- A City Officer will assess suitability of your tree request.
- Approved applicants will have tree/s supplied and planted at no cost.
- You are requested to assist in post planting care with watering and general care of the tree until the tree is established.
- Applications for the 2019 planting program will close 30 April 2019 with planting to commence June 2019.
Please call 9528 0333 if you would like any further information on requesting a tree.
The City of Rockingham encompasses an approximate area of 260 km2 and currently has a population of over 140,000, which is expected to grow beyond 175,000 in the next 10 years. Given the context of a rapidly urbanising Strategic Metropolitan Centre, we aspire to develop strong communities, recognising that green space is a key element contributing to our City’s liveability, amenity and character.
This plan endeavours to deliver the following aspiration contained in the City’s Strategic Community Plan 2015-2025: Planning for population growth and guiding development and land use to ensure that future generations enjoy a sustainable city and genuinely desirable lifestyle.
To provide a framework for the establishment of a resilient, diverse and expanding urban forest through greening in public open space and streetscapes
The delivery of the Greening Plan is driven by the following Green Goals:
- improve the trajectory of the City’s green cover
- encourage community involvement in urban greening
- protect and maintain the City’s green assets
- plant the right tree in the right place
- ensure a diverse urban forest
The City of Rockingham Greening plan 2017 can be viewed in full along with other City of Rockingham environmental management plans via the strategies and future plans section of the website.