Proposed Classified Tree Local Law - Submissions are now closed

Submissions are now closed. Council will consider submissions at its meeting on Tuesday 11 August 2020.

Trees have always been an important part of what makes Glen Eira such a great place to live, work and play. As Glen Eira grows and evolves and as our climate changes, our trees will become increasingly important.

We already work towards increasing tree canopy cover on public land by planting new trees in vacant public spaces — around 1,000 new trees are planted every year.

New trees can, however, take a long time to establish and many of the existing canopy trees in Glen Eira are located on private land. Protecting these trees is an important part of managing Glen Eira’s urban forest now and for future generations.

Despite the measures that we have in place, including our Street Tree Strategy and planning controls, there are still gaps that have the potential to allow tree removal to occur on private land without adequate assessment.

Council’s Council and Community Plan 2017–2021 committed to consulting the community on the implementation of a Classified Tree Register. A Classified Tree Register is a list of trees within the municipality that are considered significant and warrant protection. In two rounds of community consultation in 2017 and 2018, the community indicated support for the adoption of a new local law which would protect the most valuable and important trees in Glen Eira.

The proposed Classified Tree Local Law (proposed Local Law) aims to provide a balanced approach between the protection of healthy trees and providing flexibility to residents who need to remove a tree on genuine grounds. The proposed Local Law will set out the process for:

  • How a tree can be nominated to be on the Register;
  • The assessment process for determining whether a nominated tree should be included on the Register;
  • How you can apply for a review if you do not believe your tree should be included on the Register;
  • What process applies if a tree that is on the Register needs to be removed or is no longer in need of protection.

Viewing the proposed Local Laws

You can view, download and save these documents from the Document Library (to the right).

More information

If you have any queries about the proposed Local Law, please have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions or contact a member of the project team (details to the right).


Submissions are now closed. Council will consider submissions at its meeting on Tuesday 11 August 2020.

Trees have always been an important part of what makes Glen Eira such a great place to live, work and play. As Glen Eira grows and evolves and as our climate changes, our trees will become increasingly important.

We already work towards increasing tree canopy cover on public land by planting new trees in vacant public spaces — around 1,000 new trees are planted every year.

New trees can, however, take a long time to establish and many of the existing canopy trees in Glen Eira are located on private land. Protecting these trees is an important part of managing Glen Eira’s urban forest now and for future generations.

Despite the measures that we have in place, including our Street Tree Strategy and planning controls, there are still gaps that have the potential to allow tree removal to occur on private land without adequate assessment.

Council’s Council and Community Plan 2017–2021 committed to consulting the community on the implementation of a Classified Tree Register. A Classified Tree Register is a list of trees within the municipality that are considered significant and warrant protection. In two rounds of community consultation in 2017 and 2018, the community indicated support for the adoption of a new local law which would protect the most valuable and important trees in Glen Eira.

The proposed Classified Tree Local Law (proposed Local Law) aims to provide a balanced approach between the protection of healthy trees and providing flexibility to residents who need to remove a tree on genuine grounds. The proposed Local Law will set out the process for:

  • How a tree can be nominated to be on the Register;
  • The assessment process for determining whether a nominated tree should be included on the Register;
  • How you can apply for a review if you do not believe your tree should be included on the Register;
  • What process applies if a tree that is on the Register needs to be removed or is no longer in need of protection.

Viewing the proposed Local Laws

You can view, download and save these documents from the Document Library (to the right).

More information

If you have any queries about the proposed Local Law, please have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions or contact a member of the project team (details to the right).


  • We Asked - You Said - We Did

    13 Aug 2020

    We Asked

    We have less public open space per capita than any other inner Melbourne local government area. Our parks and greenery are precious and highly valued for their contribution to public health and the environment.

    With a rising population and continuing changes to local neighbourhoods, we asked you if we should introduce measures to protect trees. Using the Have Your Say platform and drawing on Community Voice, we called for input on the development and implementation of a Classified Tree Register.


    You Said

    We completed two rounds of community consultation on this topic. The first was a municipal-wide consultation in November and December 2017, which received 130 submissions. The second was through Glen Eira Community Voice in June 2018, which received 258 submissions.

    In these consultations, you told us that:

    • we should protect trees in Glen Eira, including those on private and public land
    • there are many attributes that make a tree worthy of protection, including the rarity of its species
    • any future appeals process to deal with differences of opinion on tree management needs careful consideration. It also needs a broad range of criteria, a platform for different views and transparency.


    We Did

    We analysed your feedback and prepared a report for presentation to Council on 26 September 2018. At this meeting, we committed to developing:

    • controls to protect trees, including on private land
    • a set of objectives for a tree protection approach, drawn from your priorities
    • a report presenting options for controls to best protect trees.

    On 30 June 2020, Council endorsed the proposed Classified Tree Local Law for public exhibition and the receiving of submissions from 1 to 29 July 2020.

    During the consultation period, there were 422 visits to the Have Your Say and Council’s webpages with the various documents downloaded a total of 203 times. 10 people attended Zoom drop-in information sessions comprising three staff members and seven residents.

    Council received 110 written submissions, 14 late submissions and three further submissions after the agenda for the Council meeting on 11 August 2020 was prepared. Two of the submissions received were from the same person.

    On 11 August 2020, Council received and heard public submissions on the proposed Local Law as per the requirements of sections 119 and 223 of the Local Government Act 1989 (Vic).

    A further report on the proposed Local Laws will be presented at a Council meeting on 1 September 2020.