Tree Management Program

The Indigo Shire Tree Management Plan aims to provide a framework for the management of the Shire's street trees.


The approach taken in forming the Plan was to borrow heavily on an existing Tree Management Plan (in this case City of Ballarat Tree Management Plan 2007) to provide ready structure and format for the Plan.

Download plan here [6MB pdf]

The Plan's origins commenced with meetings between John Hawker (Horticulturist, Heritage Victoria), Colin Gladstone (Horticulture, Landscape and Arboriculture contractor) and Council officers Phil Prior (General Manager Operations & Assets), Alex Showers (Operations Manager) and Robert Uebergang (Manager Assets) in early 2009.

Andrew Patrick (Horticulturist, Open Space Management) was engaged in mid-2009 to document this Tree Management Plan for Indigo Shire.

Submissions on the initial draft Plan were invited in February 2010 with the Plan now incorporating many of the requests received from these submissions.

The purpose of this Tree Management Plan is to:

  • Acknowledge the important role that trees play within Indigo Shire townships.
  • Provide a framework for the protection and enhancement of street, roadside and parkland trees within Indigo Shire.
  • Provide a clear and consistent approach to the way Indigo Shire manages tree issues
  • Assist Indigo Shire in determining priorities for tree maintenance programs, removal and replanting and associated works including planning / development issues.

The Tree Management Plan will provide principles and a policy framework for how Indigo Shire addresses:

  • Tree Management
  • Tree Risk Identification and Mitigation
  • Tree Inspections and Assessments
  • Tree Selection and Tree Planting
  • Tree Removal
  • Tree Replacement
  • Tree Protection
  • Significant Trees
  • Infrastructure Protection
  • Electric Power Line Clearance (SP AusNet)
  • Tree Maintenance
  • Pests & Disease control
Last updated: 09 December 2016