Native vegetation

Indigo Shire has wide natural appeal as the landscape and vegetation types range from forested hilly terrain to broad agricultural river valleys and red gum floodplains. Physically the Shire lies at the junction of three contrasting landscape systems. It is positioned at the point of transition between the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and the Western Plains, which in turn border the Murray River and its floodplain. These areas support a diverse range of fauna and flora, with many individual species also listed as endangered or vulnerable. The threatened status of this flora and fauna has resulted from past clearing activities, as well as the ongoing incremental loss and degradation of remaining habitat.


Learning About Indigo's Native Vegetation

The package "Learning about Indigo's Natives" is a fun resource that can be used to help children learn more about their natural surroundings and develop a greater understanding of local plants.  Please see the below link to download the resource. 



Removal of native vegetation

You may need a Planning Permit to remove or cut down a tree, shrubs or other vegetation if any of the following apply:

  • the property is covered by a heritage overlay
  • your land is over 4000 square metres in area
  • your land is in an Environmental Significance Overlay
  • any of the landscaping has been identified in a landscape plan approved as part of a Planning Permit

Some tree removal activities are exempt from a planning permit, check the Table of Exemptions in Clause 52.17 of the Planning Scheme first, which you can view here

Removing trees without the proper approvals can lead to large fines. If you are unsure or need further advice, please complete the quick enquiry form.


Removing trees in a waterway

The North East Catchment Management Authority (NECMA) is the responsible authority for approving works in waterways, including tree removal. See information on the NECMA website.


Last updated: 01 March 2018