Whitehorse City Council


In line with Council’s vision to provide a healthy, vibrant, prosperous and sustainable community, Council has recently adopted the Urban Forest strategy.

This Urban Forest Strategy outlines the key targets, actions and principles that will assist in the realisation of those commitments to which Council has committed.

The adoption of the Urban Forest Strategy is in alignment with 22 other inner suburban councils (Greening Melbourne).

Currently the canopy cover of the municipality is approximately 22 – 26%.  Council’s aim under the Urban Forest Strategy is to increase the canopy cover to at least 30 – 40% by 2030.

The green and leafy character of the City of Whitehorse is one of the most common reasons cited by the community for choosing to live in our municipality.

Trees and the Urban Forest provide a multitude of beneficial attributes such as environmental, public health and social benefits as well as economic benefits.

Council’s Arborists conduct maintenance programs for the municipality’s 75,000 street trees and more than 350,000 park trees.

Council’s street tree population is of great value to the community and Council is committed to replacing senescent (dead or dying) trees as the health and risk of these trees require their removal.

For further information download the pdf icon  Urban Forestry Strategy (3.32MB)

Report a tree maintenance issue

Albert Cres Surrey HillsCouncil is responsible for the planning, planting and maintenance of street and park trees on Council managed land within in the municipality.  Council’s Arborists conduct maintenance programs for the municipality’s 72,000 street trees and more than 350,000 park trees to:

  • promote the sustainable management of a healthy and varied tree population
  • provide professional tree care for the community’s trees
  • plant trees on Council managed land.

Trees and Development

Under the recently adopted Urban Forest Strategy, street trees will only be removed if they are dead, dying or hazardous. 

New developments must be sympathetic in their proposed design to both Council owned street trees as well as any other planning vegetation controls.

Council as well as local residents consider street trees as assets for the community just as we do the roads, footpaths, community centres etc.

Trees and Powerlines

Through State government legislation, Council is responsible for maintaining minimum clearance space around powerlines on Council property.  Where trees are within private property, it is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain clearance from powerlines. 

For further information download the Electric Line Clearance Management Plan 2016-2017.  

Naturestrip Planting Guidelines
Applying to Council for permission to plant on your naturestrip.

Street Trees
Street tree planting, pruning and removal information.

Park Trees  
Park tree planting, pruning and removal information.

Tree Education Program
This program aims to raise awareness about the benefits of trees in an urban environment and to encourage residents to plant and maintain more trees on their own properties.

Indigenous Plant Community Nurseries
For more information on retail purchasing of local indigenous plants please visit Greenlink and Bungalook community nurseries.