Tree Assistance Fund

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The City of Burnside is renowned for its landscape of significant trees, and as such, commencing the financial year 2012/13 and continuing for this financial year 2014/15, the Council has resolved to set aside funds for the operation of the scheme.

Following the decision of Council to adopt the Regulated and Significant Tree Assistance Policy(PDF, 156KB) in relation to the regulated tree assistance fund, a process and application form has been developed. The steps are as follows:

  • Application form completed and aboricultural advice from a qualified arborist attached.
  • If the application is deemed to be for maintenance work that is beneficial to the long term health of the tree, then approval in principle of funds is given.
  • If planning consent is required, then it is sought no later than this point.
  • The work is then carried out by a qualified arboriculturist or tree-maintenance specialist.
  • An invoice and certification of the work is then provided to Council by the arborist.
  • Funds paid.

Download the Regulated & Significant Tree Fund Application Form(PDF, 268KB).

Following a successful application to Council, a reimbursement of up to 50% of the work, capped at $1,000 per tree, will be made in relation to approved works. Grants will only be approved while funds remain in the budget allocated by Council for the relevant financial year (currently $25,000 for 2014/15).  Consideration for funds up to $3,000 may be given, at the absolute discretion of the Council.  Factors to consider will include cost of the works and the amenity or ecological value of the tree.

The City of Burnside is renowned for its landscape of significant trees and has set aside $25,000 for the current financial year for the on-going operation of the scheme, and looks forward to residents utilising the scheme to ensure the long term health of the City's regulated and significant trees.

The Council has established a panel of suitably qualified and experienced arborists (details available on request) from whom applicants may seek advice in relation to an application.  If the application is approved in principle by the Council, the arborist may then undertake the maintenance works, thereafter providing certification of the works and proof of payment, so that agreed reimbursement may be made to the applicant.