Be aware of laws around native vegetation

Published on 15 September 2020


In recent months, Council has observed a variety of illegal native vegetation removal works from several locations across the Shire. This has included Council roadsides, but residents should be aware that native vegetation rules also apply on private land.

All native vegetation is protected by State and Federal legislation, but Council has staff who can help residents know their rights around native vegetation and what can be removed within the guidelines.

Manager Environment and Emergency Lyall Bond said residents needed to contact Council before they commenced any works.

“You should always check with Council to determine if you need a permit before removing or lopping any native vegetation,” Mr Bond said.

“Regardless of whether a permit is required, any clearing or lopping of native vegetation on private land must only remove the minimum extent of native vegetation necessary. Roadsides are protected.

There is the potential for fines if the illegal removal of native vegetation occurs, as well as significant costs to fix the damage.

Mr Bond said some sensitive native vegetation had recently been damaged by landowners operating machinery on roadsides without Council permission.

“It would have been preferable if they had called us first to check. We are working with the landowners to ensure the environment is protected in the future.”

Firewood collection from roadsides is also prohibited, including removing dead vegetation.

If there are issues with vegetation on Council managed land, including roadsides, residents can lodge a maintenance request. Residents are not allowed to fall trees or light fires on roadsides.

If you have any questions or would like to request an officer to attend a specific area please contact Council on 5593 7100 or click here.