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. Find out more information about our Exceptional Tree Register

View our Map of Exceptional Trees.
Select a tree to see details, an image, and learn what makes the tree significant.


How to nominate

Submit your nomination using our online form

You can also download and complete the nomination form and send it 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.

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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