Albury has over 40,000 street trees and 15,000 parkland trees which provide a range of important benefits, including:
- Reducing air pollution
- Reducing stormwater volume
- Mitigating wind/noise
- Providing habitat for plants and animals
- Improving soil health
- Promoting social cohesion
- Forming cultural landscapes
- Reducing UV exposure (i.e. shade)
- Enhancing sense of place and identity
- Enhancing scenic and environmental amenity
- Providing landscape amenity
- Improving physical and mental wellbeing
- Encouraging outdoor activities
- Reducing demand for energy (i.e. cooling effect)
- Increasing property values
- Improving retail activity
- Sequestering carbon (i.e. removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere)
- Mitigating the ‘heat island effect’ (i.e. cooling)
If any trees on public, Council-managed land are causing you concern or affecting your property please report the public tree and we’ll see what we can do. Once we’ve made an appropriate assessment, we may be able to prune or remove the offending trees.
Work we can assess to do
For habitat trees, we’ll remove the minimum amount to make tree safe while still retaining habitat value, such as leaving a hollow stump for nesting birds
- Selective pruning for pedestrian or vehicular access
- Maintenance pruning to remove dead, diseased, dying, defective branches and for service lines
- Selective pruning to remove branches causing conflict, such as building encroachment
- Pruning for vehicle sight lines, signage, and Roads and Maritime Services requirements.
- Removal of unsuitable or hazardous trees
- Removal of trees in conflict with utilities and built structures where all engineering alternatives have been considered.
What we won’t consent to
- Pruning of trees contrary to Australian Standards 4373
- Pruning beyond what a particular species will tolerate
- Requests for topping of trees
- Chemical controls unless absolutely necessary, such as termite control on nature strips.
- Removing healthy and stable trees
- Removing trees for views, solar access, leaf, fruit or sap drop, bird or bat droppings, or damage to sewer pipes or built structures
- Removing trees causing damage to minor structures such as footpaths, fences and driveways
- Removal of trees so you can comply with the criteria of compliant development.
We’ll do what we can to help
If trees on any public land are affecting you, please feel free to report the tree and one of Council’s qualified arborists will inspect the tree and determine the necessary response.
Phone: 02 6023 8111
Please be aware that trees on public land, including nature strips are Council assets