The Greening of Botany
Street Tree Program
Council's street tree program nominates particular species of tree, mostly natives, for each street in the area. Contact Council if your street tree has died or your nature strip has not been allocated a tree.
In the last two decades more than three million tree, bushes and shrubs have been planted and there is a strong accent on planting declining native species and on bush regeneration.
The Parks and Landscape department, in conjunction with the Health and Environmental Services Department, operates dynamic programs to encourage residents to cull out noxious weeds and plants and replace them with wildlife friendly local species. Lists are available of indigenous plants suitable for the area as information sheets on noxious weeds and native plants.
"Bring back the Trees" is the Council motto and an information sheet on living trees and what the Council's Tree Preservation Order means is available from the department.
Tree Preservation Order
A Tree Preservation Order exists within the City of Botany Bay to safeguard the community's tree population and trees under this order cannot be removed without Council permission. Advise on which trees are covered and which are exempt is available from the Parks department on 9366 3666.
Residents or ratepayers who are given permission to have trees pruned or removed are recommended to use expert services of an arborist. The department can provide a list of qualified people who are members of the Australian Society of Aborists.
Tree Trim/Removal Form
Trees from neighbouring properties can often cause problems and overhanging vegetation has the same status as trespass. That means the owner is responsible for his tree and should be contacted to discuss any issues about overhanging including trimming or removal of the tree. If the situation cannot be resolved by discussion and co-operation then a Community Justice Centre is available to arrange mediation. If this does not succeed than the Local Court Chamber Magistrate can be the next step.
Community Justice Centre, Level 13, 277 Elizabeth Street, Sydney. Tel 9262 7844.
Local Court Chamber Magistrate, Newtown Local Court, 222 Australia Street, Newtown. Tel 9577 4000.
Advice and assistance can also be obtained from:
Redfern Legal Centre, 73 Pitt Street, Redfern 2016. Tel 9698 7277; Fax 9310 3586; TTY 9699 8037. Internet www.rlc.org.au Telephone hours Monday to Thursday 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 8.30pm. Friday 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm. Telephone advice Monday to Thursday evenings 6.30pm to 8pm, alternate Tuesday 2.30pm to 4pm for those who cannot attend at night.
Pesticide Use Notification Plan 2007