The Rural City of Wangaratta’s Arboriculture team manages over 8,000 trees. These trees are managed with regular maintenance to enhance the urban environment.
Council manages street trees that have been planted on nature strips, road shoulders, median strips, paved pedestrian areas and within roundabouts in Wangaratta and rural townships.
Council Arboriculture team prides itself on managing our trees to Australian Pruning Standards AS 43.73-2007. The Arboriculture team actively undertakes the management and maintenance of these trees, according to Council’s Tree Management Strategy Plan.
Regular maintenance includes:
Given the number of trees our arboriculture team has to maintain, Council has broken streets down to high and low priority areas. These areas are determined by the pedestrian and vehicle use. High priority areas will have twice yearly inspections and regularly underpruning. Low priority areas are managed by annual underpruning schedules.
Council is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the clearance space between Street Trees and the Power company assets.
This entails an annual audit to identify vegetation that may encroach upon the clearance space. Once this audit is completed a pruning program is implemented to prune vegetation that may interfere with the services.
Trees are a living organism that adds great value to a street but eventually dies. Council endeavors to manage trees in decline, with removal being the last resort.
Council has a productive Elm Leaf Beetle control program in place. Council’s Elm trees are treated using soil injection.
Gradual removal of Elm suckers is also undertaken and is dependent on budget and location.
Other Pest and Disease infestations include Ash Whitefly, Elephant Beetle and Termites. Termites are only treated in trees Council planted.
Council has a Customer Action Request database which allows customer enquiries to be recorded and then allocated to the relevant officer. This officer then assesses the requests against the priorities of the Tree Management Strategy and prioritises works.