Well maintained nature strips and street trees keep Campaspe looking beautiful.

Nature strips

A well-kept nature strip makes your property and the street you live on more attractive. Nature strips are the stretch of land between your property and the road. In the Shire of Campaspe, as in other municipalities, council owns the nature strips, but it is up to residents to maintain them.

It is your responsibility to:

  • weed the nature strip
  • mow it regularly
  • pick up rubbish.

Residents can make application to develop a nature strip garden, as outlined in Policy 108 - Naturestrip plantings & garden beds in urban areas. A plan of the proposed works is required to be submitted with a Works within a road reserve application form. This process ensures existing services are not affected by works and appropriate insurances are in place.

Street trees 

Well managed street trees keep Campaspe looking beautiful. The right tree in the right place is good for the environment, creates shade and makes our streets more attractive. 

Did you know that Campaspe Shire Council responds to over 1,500 enquiries about trees every year? If you notice any of the following problems with trees, please contact council.

  • broken branches which could fall onto the road, footpath or driveway
  • trees which suddenly start leaning, have new cracks in the soil around them or have roots coming out of the ground
  • trees with recent cracks and splits through the trunk
  • fallen trees on public land
  • any other sudden deterioration or changes in trees. 

If you see notice any issues with trees in parks, playgrounds or on nature strips contact council on 5481 2200 or 1300 666 535. 

Replacement or removal of a street tree 

If a street tree has died or has been removed please complete an application so we can replace it in late winter.

Requests for removal of a street tree will be assessed by council arborists in line with Policy 46 - Removal of street and nature strip trees.

Requests for new or replacement street trees will be assessed by council arborists in line with Policy 106 - New or replacement street and nature street trees.

Tree species will be in keeping with existing street trees in the area. New trees will be semi-mature and about one metre in height. 

Street tree trimming

Council is responsible for maintaining clearance space around some powerlines. If a tree is causing issues with an overhead phone line please contact council on 5481 2200 or 1300 666 535. 

Choosing the right street tree 

Choosing the right tree for each street isn’t as simple as it may seem and often involves compromise.

Some points considered in selecting street trees include:

  • What type of buildings are in the street?
  • How big are they?
  • How wide is the street?
  • What other trees are there already?
  • What other features are there in the street?
  • Are there any planning scheme requirements to consider?

Campaspe Shire Council has developed a list of suitable street trees, deciduous and evergreens, for use on nature strips, less than three metres wide and greater than three metres wide. The trees are detailed on the application form.

Trees in public places 

Council arborists carry out safety inspections of trees in areas deemed higher risk such as around parks and buildings and along roadsides. VicRoads inspects some of the major roads.

You can contact us to request an inspection on roadsides and council land.

Trees that pose an immediate risk to public safety are the highest priority and are inspected immediately or within 24 hours. Other less urgent requests are assessed within 7 days.

Following inspection, trees may need to be removed or pruned. Some may not require any work.

We also rely on your eyes.

What can you do?

Please call council on 1300 666 535 if you are concerned about a tree, for example if you notice:

  • Broken branches which are likely to fall on to the road, footpath or driveway,
  • Trees which are suddenly leaning, have recent cracks in the soil or have roots coming out of the ground,
  • Trees with recent cracks and splits through the trunk.
  • Fallen trees on public land.

If you notice any sudden changes or deterioration in a tree’s condition, please call us on 1300 666 535.

Trees on private property

You need to manage trees on your own land. You need to ensure trees and plants do not obstruct access to pedestrians using the footpath, block street lighting or obscure the view to road and footpath users, as outlined in Clause 28 of council's General Local Law 8

Removing trees on private property

If you want to remove native vegetation, including trees, shrubs and grasses, you may need a permit from council. Penalties apply for removing native vegetation without a permit. Make sure you know if a permit is needed before you start removing any native vegetation.

Trees on neighbours properties

Talk to your neighbours first if you are concerned about a tree on their property.

You have the right to prune an overhanging tree to the boundary fence line. You do not have the right to enter their property without permission.

More information on your rights and responsibilities is available from the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria website or the Victoria Law Foundation - Neighbours the law and you booklet.