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Tree Preservation Order

Hurstville City Council’s Tree Preservation Order is aimed at retaining as many trees as possible in the area. In effect, it means that by law, a development application must be lodged with Council for consent to remove or prune a tree on public or private land.

The Order is effective under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Trees covered by the Order

Council’s Tree Preservation Order applies to all trees growing in Hurstville City. It ensures trees are properly assessed before approval for removal or pruning is granted.

It also prohibits the ringbarking, lopping, topping, removal, injuring or destruction of any tree.

Council’s written consent is required before any of these trees can be pruned or removed, irrespective of size:

Botanical Name Common Name
Acmena smithii                              Lilli Pilli
Angophora costata   Sydney Red Gum
Angophora floribunda       Rough-Barked Apple
Angophora bakeri Narrow-Leaved Apple
Allocasuarina torulosa  Forest Oak
Banksia serrata  Old Man Banksia
Ceratopetalum apetalum Coachwood
Ceratopetalum gummiferum NSW Christmas Bush
Corymbia gummifera Red Bloodwood
Corymbia maculata   Spotted Gum
Eucalyptus capitellata     Brown Stringybark 
Eucalyptus fibrosa                                 Broad-leaved Ironbark
Eucalyptus globoidea        White Stringybark
Eucalyptus haemastoma Scribbly Gum
Eucalyptus longifolia    Woollybutt
Eucalyptus paniculata      Grey Ironbark
Eucalyptus pilularis    Blackbutt
Eucalyptus piperita                                Sydney Peppermint
Eucalyptus resinifera                             Red Mahogany
Eucalyptus tereticornis    Forest Red Gum
Glochidion ferdinandi     Cheese Tree
Syncarpia glomulifera    Turpentine

Written consent is also required to prune or remove any tree which meets one or more of these criteria:

  • it is three metres or more in height
  • it has a circumference of 300 millimetres or more, measured at a height of 450 millimetres from the ground
  • it has a branch spread of three metres or more.
Trees not covered by the Order

The Tree Preservation Order does not apply to any tree that is required to be trimmed in accordance with Clause 23 of the Electricity (Overhead Line Safety) Regulation 1991.

In addition, it does not apply to any commercial or domestic fruit tree except Macadamia integrifolia.

Council’s written consent is not required to prune or remove trees irrespective of size including:     

Botanical Name   Common Name
Bambusa spp.  Bamboo
Syagrus romanzoffianum  Cocos Palm
Erythrina x sykesii   Coral Tree
Ficus elastica Rubber Tree
Grevillea robusta Silky Oak
Nerium oleander   Oleander
Populus nigra 'Italica' Lombardy Poplar
Salix babylonica   Common Willow
Schefflera actinophylla Umbrella Tree
Ligustrum spp.  Privet
Further, it is permitted to remove or prune a tree when it can be demonstrated to Council that it is dying or dead or has become dangerous to properties or people. It can also be permissible to remove a tree when it can be proven that any actions taken were necessary to protect human life or property due to a bushfire burning in the vicinity. 

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