Whitehorse City Council

Street Tree Planting

The City of Whitehorse’s street trees are one of our most important assets. They provide numerous environmental, social, health and financial benefits to the municipality. Street trees provide shade for humans and shelter for local wildlife; add value to surrounding properties; and make streets more attractive, greener and liveable.

The municipality’s street tree population consists of more than 72,000 trees, more than 45 different species that are both native and exotic species, evergreen and deciduous ranging in age, size and condition.

Council is responsible for the planting and maintenance of street trees in the municipality. Council has a program to maintain them including regular assessment of their health, safety, condition, pruning, removal and replanting requirements. Council plants street trees over the winter months each year.


Street Tree Planting Strategy

After considerable community consultation, Council adopted a pdf icon Street Tree Planting Strategy (7.08MB) in June 2002, which outlined the character associated with the different areas of Whitehorse and made recommendations for future street tree selection.

Local indigenous species, native and exotic species have been recommended in the strategy, based on the existing character of the area and input from the community.

The attractiveness of a streetscape is a very subjective issue. Some people like formal avenues of similar sized trees (often exotic species), while others prefer random informal tree planting (often native or indigenous).

All trees are valued by Council, are living entities and all eventually need replacing.

If a tree or stand of trees is determined to be dead, dying or hazardous by the Council's arborists, then the tree(s) can be removed after consultation with the affected, adjacent property owners.

There are two particular types of street tree plantings that take place.


Individual Street Tree Planting Request

The process involves:

  • Residents contacting Council with request
  • The tree site is inspected by Council's arborists. Residents are informed by a calling card, phone call or letter about the outcome of inspection
  • If a tree is to be planted, a notification letter identifying the species to be planted will be sent to affected residents before planting

Whole of Street Request for Street Tree Planting

Approval for a change in species in whole street is dependent on the condition of the existing trees in the street and allocated annual budget for street tree planting. The process involves:      

  • Residents contacting Council with request
  • Resident contacts neighbours to seek support for request. If the response is positive, residents should send a joint letter to Whitehorse City Council (Locked Bag 2, Nunawading Delivery Centre VIC 3131)
  • Council's ParksWide team inspects the street
  • If a change in street trees is not supported, ParksWide will respond to all the residents in the street outlining why the proposal was rejected
  • If a change in street trees is supported, ParksWide will send a letter to all residents in the street requesting a street meeting to determine what species is to be planted, what trees are to remain and timeframes
  • Notification letters will be sent to all affected residents approximately two weeks before tree removals and planting begins  


Frequently Asked Questions

Question: I love the tree in front of my property and I don't want it removed.
Answer: The only instance where Council will require the removal of a street tree is if it is dead, dying or hazardous.

If your neighbours want the tree species changed for the whole street but you wish to retain the existing tree outside your own property, simply call ParksWide on 9262 6333.

Question: When will the tree planting take place?
Answer: Tree planting generally takes place in the cooler months between May and October. Sometimes the weather conditions will result in a shorter or longer planting season.

Question: Can I choose the type of tree planted?
Answer: If it relates to an individual tree, the species planted will be matched to the other species in the street.

If it is part of a whole street planting, residents will be given a choice of species as recommended in the Streetscape Policy and Strategy with the majority preference being planted.

In some instances, where an informal planting is preferred, a range of tree species will be planted and individual residents' preferences will be considered.

Question: What happens if my tree is vandalised or dies?
Answer: If there are any problems with your new tree, ring ParksWide on 9262 6222.

Question: Who waters my tree?
Answer: ParksWide, through contractors, is responsible for watering new trees, generally once a week in the summer months for the first two years after planting.

During prolonged hot dry periods, residents can greatly assist the establishment of the tree in front of their property by pouring a bucket of water in the black plastic watering tube once or twice a week (subject to the level of water restrictions).