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Roadside Tree Issues

  • 1.  Roadside Tree Issues

    Posted 20 February 2019 20:43
    ​We have received a request from an owner of land adjoining road reserve to trim trees.  Apparently the trees (native remanent) are dropping limbs into the fence and the owner has requested that Council trim the tress, remove fallen branches and fix the fence.

    Can someone please provide relevant (Vic) Acts, Regs, examples etc of why Council is exempt from doing this


    Mildura Rural City Council
    Snr Technical Officer

  • 2.  RE: Roadside Tree Issues

    Posted 22 February 2019 00:38
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    If the tree is on the road reserve and Council is the responsible authority (that is VicRoads is not the responsible authority which would be the case if is an arterial road) and the road is on Councils Road Register then council is required to attend to trees.


    Regards damage to fencing if damage was caused by tree on road reserve then council would be liable.


    If the tree is not in road reserve that is on land owned by others then it is the owners responsibility.


    See extract from Road Management Act 2004 Code Of Practice.




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