Street trees

Illustration of a street tree

Overview

The Town of Victoria Park undertakes an annual tree planting program during the winter months. Residents can request their property frontage be listed for consideration within the program.


Requested locations are inspected prior to winter to determine the species and number of trees that can be planted.  To maintain consistency across streetscape works within the Town, species selection is generally determined by taking into consideration the existing species and environmental conditions.  The Town has a summer watering program and encourages residents to assist with supplementary watering. 

Applications for street trees can be made by completing the online form or contacting our Customer Service Centre on (08) 9311 8111.

Applications for street trees must be submitted by Friday 1 February 2019 for planting in the same calendar year.

Street trees can only be planted where there is sufficient space available for the tree to develop, and some street verges may not be suitable. 

Local streetscapes and the wider community benefit from street trees in a variety of ways including:

  • providing shade and protection from the elements
  • reducing glare
  • improving mental health and well-being
  • providing habitat for a diversity of fauna
  • adding moisture and oxygen to the air
  • removing carbon dioxide and other air pollutants.

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Once the request has been received, the Town will inspect the site for the selected tree/s to determine suitability and will only plant the most suitable trees according to the available room on the verge and in keeping with the existing streetscape. Applications for street trees must be submitted by Friday 1 February 2019 for planting consideration in the same calendar year (subject to conditions). Planting will occur between June and September each year to ensure the survival of the tree. 

Who is responsible for maintaining street trees?

Street trees are living assets of the Town. The Town is responsible for the maintenance of all trees within verge areas including planting, pruning and removal. Where overhead power lines are present, street trees are required to be pruned by the Town in accordance with Western Power requirements for the clearance of overhead power lines. 

Tree planting in 2019

Requests for new street trees must be received by Friday 1 February 2019. This is to ensure that we are able to source the best stock available for planting from May to August. Any requests received after this date will be added to the 2020 winter planting list.

The Town uses both its own staff and contractors to maintain its trees to ensure:

  • trees enhance the streetscape
  • pedestrians can walk safely and comfortably under trees
  • road and street signs are kept visible
  • vehicle users can safely see without significant sight line issues and can access streets and properties
  • trees are kept away from power lines
  • light from street lights is not obstructed.

All pruning of street trees is carried out by suitably qualified personnel in accordance with all applicable standards.

Requests for pruning of branches straddling across property boundaries are assessed on a case by case basis. Requests for street tree removal due to leaf, flower, nut, berry or bark fall or to enhance or preserve views will not be considered.

It is an offence for anyone to prune or remove a street tree without approval.

Street tree audit

Every single street tree in the Town has been audited by an independent arborist. The information collated from the audit has not only updated the Town’s records, but also helped to identify which trees need pruning. 

All precincts within the Town will be pruned as per the recommendations from this audit. To ensure that records are kept up to date, audits will be carried out each year prior to pruning and trees will not be pruned if they do not require pruning at the time of the audit. 

Previously the Town has taken a ‘blanket approach’ towards pruning, trimming every tree including trees that may not need to be pruned. The recently revised practice will result in cost savings and allow for resources to be focused on tree planting and formative care. 

Annual street tree pruning calendar

 

Month  Precinct 
 Number 
Road Boundaries 
January 3 Lathlain - South of Great Eastern Highway, west verge of Orrong Road, Roberts Road, Railway Line 
February  4 Burswood Peninsula - North of Canning Highway and Great Eastern Highway 
March  5 Burswood, Victoria Park - Canning Highway, Great Eastern Highway, Railway Line, both sides of Miller Street, both sides of Albany Highway 
April  6 East Victoria Park, Welshpool - From Miller Street, Railway Line, Welshpool Road, both sides of Albany Highway
May 7 St James - Including both sides of Hill View Terrace
July 8 East Victoria Park - Both sides of Kent Street to Albany Highway, to Hill View Terrace, both sides of Berwick Street 
August  9 Victoria Park - South east of Canning Highway to Albany Highway, to Kent Street, both sides of Berwick Street 
Sept  10 Kensington, East Victoria Park, Between Kent Street, Berwick Street and Hill View Terrace, both sides of Jarrah Road
Oct 11 Bentley - Jarrah Road, Hill View Terrace, Marquis Street, McKay Street, Conlon Street, Manning Road, eastern verge of Kent Street 
Nov 1 Welshpool, Carlisle - Both sides of Oats Street, western verge of Orrong Road, north verge of Kew Street, Planet Street, Briggs Street, Rutland Avenue between Welshpool Road and Oats Street
Dec 2 Carlisle - North of Oats Street to both sides of Roberts Road 

 

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