Tree Management

Exceptional tree

Tree Management Plan

Ballarat has a wide diversity of trees in terms of species, age, size and density. The trees are an essential part of the urban and rural fabric, providing economic, social and ecological benefits.

The Tree Management Plan 2018-22 aims to:

  • provide a clear and consistent approach to managing risks associated with tree assets and issues
  • assist us in determining priorities for tree programs and works
  • support our focus on adopting an urban forest management approach and achieving a 40% canopy cover by 2040


Exceptional Tree Register

The register is a formal list of significant trees in Ballarat. It helps identify and protect exceptional trees on private and public land.

How to apply

  1. Complete the nomination form
  2. Check nomination against the tree register criteria below
  3. Send the form to us by:

Who will assess the nominations?

An expert panel including an arborist, independent expert, community representative and a Councillor will assess nominations.

What happens after the register is created?

We will promote the exceptional trees whilst providing advice and guidance to ensure their continued good health and survival.


Tree Register Criteria




1. Horticultural value

Any tree that is of outstanding horticultural or genetic value and/or an important source of propagating stock.

  • High tolerance to pest, disease and environmental conditions
  • Propagating potential (commercial value)
  • Scientific value

2. Location or context

Any tree that occurs in a unique location or context so as to provide a major contribution to the landscape and/or local place character.

  • Important landmark or focal point
  • Contribution to landscape (high visibility of tree)
  • Remnant native vegetation
  • Historic planting style

3. Rare or localised

Any tree species or variety that is rare or very localised in distribution.

  • Only known species
  • Rare species (2 - 50 known specimens)
  • End of natural range
  • One of few examples of family/genus/species in municipality

4. Particularly old

Any tree that is particularly old or venerable.

  • Old specimen

5. Outstanding size

Any tree outstanding in size of some capacity.

  • Height
  • Trunk diameter
  • Canopy spread
  • Combinations of above

6. Aesthetic value

Any tree of outstanding aesthetic significance.

  • Prolific flowering
  • Beautiful foliage colour
  • Exceptional form and/or shape

7. Curious growth form

Any tree exhibiting a curious growth form or physical feature.

  • Curious growth form
  • Abnormal growths
  • Fusion of branches
  • Unusually pruned or damaged

8. Historical value

Any tree commemorating a particular occasion, including plantings by locally notable people, or having associations with an important event in local history.

  • Well known public figure or group
  • Historical occasion or event

9. Aboriginal association

Any tree that has a recognised association with aboriginal people, or that is valued for continuing and developing cultural traditions.

  • Scarred tree
  • Corroboree tree
  • Canoe tree

10. Outstanding example of species

Any tree considered an outstanding example of its species.

11. Outstanding habitat value

Any tree that has outstanding value as habitat for indigenous wildlife.

  • Breeding habitat
  • Roosting site
  • Foraging habitat
  • Provides refuge, shelter or protection

12. Social, cultural or spiritual value

Any tree that is important to a family, community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons.

  • Positive community engagement around a particular tree
  • Cultural association and sense of place linked to a particular tree
  • Spiritual importance to a group of people



Power lines and trees 

Street trees 

City of Ballarat is required under the Electricity Safety (Electric Line Clearance) Regulations 2015 to maintain street trees clear of power lines within the Declared Area.

The Declared Area is essentially all of the urban area of Ballarat.

For information about the City of Ballarat power lines tree clearance program or the regulations, view our Electric Line Clearance Management Plan 2019/2020 or call the City of Ballarat Parks and Gardens team at 5320 7450.


Private trees 

Power line tree clearance for private trees adjacent to street power lines, and also outside the Declared Area, is the responsibility of Powercor.

For enquiries regarding this program, contact Powercor on 13 22 06.

More detailed information can be found at the Energy Safe Victoria website.


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