Useful Links 

Arboriculture Australia

Arboriculture Australia are the peak national organisation promoting and representing tree workers, arborists, professional tree management and urban forestry throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

An Australian body that promotes conservation with tree etc:

See more about this organisation here:

Institute of Australian Consulting Arboriculturists

Tree Services Australia

Gosford City Council Tree Removal Policies

Trees are part of what make the Gosford LGA such a unique and beautiful place to live. Urban trees exist within our suburbs and play an important role in enhancing the city’s character. 

All trees over three (3) metres in height are protected under council’s Tree Preservation Order.  

Trees on private land

New vegetation clearing rules for bushfire prone areas

The 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice, which relates to the clearing of trees and vegetation on bushfire-prone land, has recently come into effect for New South Wales. 

This means owners of properties within the entitlement area can remove any tree (over a height of three metres) that is within 10 metres of a habitable dwelling, or any vegetation under three metres (such as shrubs and plants) that is within 50 metres of a habitable dwelling, without requiring consent.

Vegetation may only be cleared in accordance with the 10/50 rules as set out in the Code of Practice.

For more information, or to check if your property is in a 10/50 area visit the Rural Fire Service website.

Wyong Council Tree Removal Policies

Council’s tree policy has recently changed, making it easier for landowners to remove trees on RESIDENTAL properties.  

What has changed?  

A landowner can now remove any tree or vegetation on a residential property (less than 1500m2) without an application to Counci, UNLESS the tree is a protected species or the property is heritage listed under Schedule 5 of Council’s Local Environment Plan,

If the residential property is larger than 1500m2, trees can be removed within 12 metres of any approved structure (meaning a house, garage or shed), unless again it is listed under Schedule 5 of Council’s Local Environment Plan,  

To remove a tree further than 12 metres from a structure – an application is required.  You will need to download the Tree Works Application and fill in the applicable fields. Take a look at the pdf format sample tree application plan (433.04 KB) to help you fill out the form.

Lake Macquarie Council Tree Removal

Lake Macquarie City Council tree removal application form.

Please complete and return this form to Council, along with the associated fee payment, when you wish to seek approval for pruning or removing a tree.

Download file Application to prune or remove tree/s

Australian Native Plants Society

Local ANPSA District Groups 

This link will take you to the Australian Native Plants Society, Plant and Tree Identification Guide

NSW Rural Fire Service

10/50 vegetation clearing

If you live in an area close to the bush, you need to prepare your home.

The 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Scheme gives people living near the bush an additional way of being better prepared for bush fires.

Check if you’re in a 10/50 area

You can check here if you are in a 10/50 vegetation clearing entitlement area. Checking your land is easy.