Trees and vegetation

Street and reserve trees in the urban environment are valuable Council and community assets and an important part of the landscape and natural environment. In the long term, they often create a very real ‘sense of place’ and dramatically enhance the urban environment.

Ballina takes great pride in its streetscapes, reserves and bushlands providing attractive landscapes and a diverse range of open spaces areas for the enjoyment of all residents and visitors.

Environmental benefits 

  • A single mature tree can absorb up to 21kg of carbon dioxide each year 
  • Trees reduce energy consumption by shading pavement, cars and buildings
  • Trees remove gaseous pollutants by absorbing them through the leaf surface 
  • Tree canopies, trunks and root structures filter pollution out of stormwater and reduce the amount of pollution that is washed into drains and waterways
  • Trees reduce runoff, which reduces erosion, flooding and recharges water tables
  • Trees provide habitat and food sources for animals and contribute to biodiversity conservation. 

Economic benefits

  • Tree lined streets are shown to boost property values
  • Shoppers are more likely to spend more at stores located along tree-lined streets as they stay longer
  • Trees can also save money by shading houses, reducing the need for air conditioning thereby reducing energy bills
  • Fruit trees play a role in urban agriculture helping families save money and increasing access to nutritious foods.

Social and psychological benefits

  • Trees help residents interact with nature
  • Playing amongst trees helps children develop social skills and cognitive abilities
  • Trees give residents a greater sense of well-being and satisfaction 
  • Trees create a feeling of relaxation and help make residents feel safer
  • Research has shown that visual beauty and sensual enhancement of trees elevates people’s moods and improves their mental and physical health
  • Workers and students are shown to be more productive when their environments have views of trees
  • Street tree canopies contrast with the built environment and can shade and protect pedestrians from winter rain, absorb dust and wind, calm traffic and diminish noise, screen unwanted views, and reduce glare
  • Trees provide seasonal interest and natural beauty through foliage, including leaf patterns, flowers, bark, fruit and canopy. 

Street tree request

The best time to plant a tree was 50 years ago... the second-best time is now!

Want to live in a leafy suburb? You can help Council make your street a more beautiful, shadier, cleaner place by requesting a street tree to be planted in front of your property. Each year Council staff plant new and replacement street trees.

Trees are either grown at Council's nursery or sourced from quality nurseries with tree-planting sites thoroughly prepared. This ensures trees have the best possible start to a long life.

Request a Street Tree

Can I plant my own street tree?

Street tree planting, if carried out by residents without consultation with Council, however well meant, may unintentionally create problems with regard to public safety. Trees planted without Council approval can impact to sight lines for drivers and pedestrians, create inconsistency of streetscape and possibly damage private or public property, such as essential services like water, sewer, stormwater and electricity. Any trees planted on the nature strip can also become potential long-term problems.

Council tries to accommodate all requests for tree planting and encourages residents to help with nurturing any newly planted tree.


Urban tree works - pruning or removal

Public trees are assets that can require professional maintenance. Council will undertake tree and vegetation pruning to improve tree health, habit and provide nominal clearances for pathways, roads, buildings and essential infrastructure. 

The public are not permitted to prune or remove trees or vegetation on Council managed lands including footpaths and reserves without Council consent. 

To apply for approval for tree or vegetation pruning or removal on public land please complete and submit the Tree Works on Public Land Application.

Tree Works on Public Land Application

Council’s Urban Vegetation of Public Land policy (0.1mb pdf) identifies the acceptable and unacceptable reasons for pruning or removal of trees on public land.  


Urban tree works notifications

Council will provide notifications to the public for tree works on public land in accordance with Council's Urban Vegetation on Public Land policy.

Where immediate tree hazard situations cannot safely be mitigated, notifications for tree works may not be able to be provided in time.

Tree works notification list

Notification Date Type of Works Location Common Name Botanical Name Reason Significant Tree Proposed Works
09 May 2022
Removal
Canal Road, Ballina
She oak
Casuarina species
Dead tree
No
May/June
09 May 2022
Removal
48 - 40 Southern Cross Drive, Ballina
Umbrella tree
Yellow Bells
Schefflera actinophylla
Tecoma stans
Listed weed species
No
May/June
09 May 2022
Removal
96 Panorama Drive, Alstonville
Rose Wood
Tipuana tipu
Listed weed species
No
May/June
09 May 2022
Removal
6 Central Avenue, East Ballina
Coastal Banksia
Banksia species
Tree with unacceptable public risk
No
May
19 May 2022
Removal
9 Byron Street, Lennox Head
Coastal Banksia
Banksia integrifolia
Dead tree
No
June
15 July 2022
Removal
88 & 90 Ballina Street, Lennox Head
Screw Pine
Pandanus tectorius
To comply with council-endorsed vegetation management plans
No
July
16 August 2022
Removal
99 Temple Street, Ballina
Peppercorn
Schinus species
Listed weed species
No
August
16 August 2022
Removal
Cawarra Street (opposite 111 Martin Street), Ballina
She Oak
Casuarina glauca (x 2)
Dead trees
No
August
16 August 2022
Removal
10 Crane Street, Ballina
Norfolk Island Pine
Araucaria heterophylla
Tree with unacceptable public risk
No
September
18 August 2022
Removal
Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head
Banksia and Yellow wood
Banksia integrifolia & Acronychia
Dead trees
No
August
22 August 2022
Removal
24 Stewart Street, Lennox Head
Cook Island Pine
Araucaria columnaris
Unacceptable public risk
Yes
Arboricultural Impact Assessment Report 1 (1mb pdf)
Arboricultural Impact Assessment Report 2 (1mb pdf)
September
09 September 2022
Removal
Public reserve – rear of 2 Cedar Court, Alstonville
Camphor Laurel
Camphora Cinnamomum
Listed weed species
No
September/October
09 September 2022
Removal
North Creek Road, Lennox Head
Norfolk Island Pine
Araucaria heterophylla
Damage to infrastructure cannot be feasibly mitigated with root pruning
No
September
09 September 2022
Removal
Opposite 42 Eyles Drive, East Ballina
Banksia
Banksia species
Dead tree
No
September
20 September 2022
Removal
126 Tamarind Drive, Ballina
Cocos Palm
Camphor Laurel
Umbrella Tree
Syagrus romanzoffiana
Cinnamomum camphora
Schefflera actinophylla
Listed weed species
Listed weed species
Listed weed species
No
No
No
September/October
17 October 2022
Pruning and removals
Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head
 
 
 
 
 
 
Norfolk Island Pine x 3
Araucaria heterophylla
Lake Ainsworth Coastal Management Program
No
Lake Ainsworth Coastal Management Program 2020 (5mb pdf)
October
Cook Island Pine x 1
Araucaria columnaris
Lake Ainsworth Coastal Management Program
Banksia x 6
Banksia species
Dead trees
Tuckeroo x 3
Cupaniopsis anacardioides
Dead trees
Silky oak x 1
Grevillea robusta
Dead tree
Acronychia x 1
Acronychia
Dead tree
Weeping Melaleuca x 6
Melaleuca leucadendra
Lake Ainsworth Coastal Management Program
17 October 2022
Removal
21 Main Street, Alstonville
Camphor Laurel
Cinnamomum camphora
Listed weed species
No
October
26 October 2022
Removal
6 Eyles Drive, East Ballina
Morton Bay Fig
Ficus macrophylla
Storm damaged tree
No
October
26 October 2022
Removal
27-35 Dalmacia Drive, Wollongbar
Chinese rain tree
Koelreuteria elegans (ssp. formosana)
Listed weed species
No
October
03 November 2022
Removal
4 Elizabeth Street, East Ballina
Mulberry Tree
Morus sp.
Maintain vehicle clearance
No
November
03 November 2022
Removal
Chickiba Sports Fields, East Ballina
Tulip Wood
Harpulia sp.
Tree in poor condition
No
November
04 November 2022
Removal
Gap Road Sports Fields, 486 Gap Road, Alstonville
Cadaghi
 
Cocos Palm
Corymbia torelliana
Syragrus romanzoffiana
Storm damaged trees
Listed weed species
No
 
No
November
 
November
25 November 2022
Removal
22 Unara Parkway, Cumbalum
Sheoak
Casuarina sp.
Storm damaged tree
No
November
25 November 2022
Removal
20 Kellie Anne crescent, Lennox Head
Tuckeroo
Cupaniopsis anarcardoides
Storm damaged tree
No
November
25 November 2022
Removal
Unara Parkway Reserve, corner of Ballina Heights Drive, Cumbalum
Camphor Laurel
Cinnamomum camphora
Listed weed species
No
December
02 December 2022
Removal
25 Fenwick Drive, East Ballina
River Oak / Sheoak x 3
Casuarina sp.
Dead trees
No
November
02 December 2022
Removal
25 The Serpentine, East Ballina
Plum Pine
Podocarpus elatus
Unnacceptable public risk
No
November
02 December 2022
Removal
85 Canal Road, Ballina
Paper Bark
Melaleuca quinquenervia
Storm damaged tree
No
December

 

Nature strip landscaping

Nature strips are important to the streetscape providing a natural setting. They often contain vital services and requirements that need consideration prior to landscaping. A Nature Strip Landscaping Plan must be submitted to Council for approval prior to landscaping.

Looking for an opportunity to give back to the community and environment, sponsor a tree on public land and provide a donation to support the health and growth of the tree.

This may apply to the planting of new trees and the maintenance of existing trees.

Tree Sponsorship will be acknowledged by a certificate and on the Tree Sponsorship Register.

Sponsorship categories include:

  • $200 – Seedling planting and establishment.
  • $1,000 – Advanced tree planted from 100-300 litre containers approx. 2-4 metres in height
  • $5,000 – Advanced trees planted from 300-400 litre containers approx. 4-5 metres in height
  • A general sponsorship to contribute to the shires tree planting programs, throughout the shire.

The Ballina Shire Urban Garden Guide has been produced to assist Ballina shire residents plan a new garden or maintain an established garden while making choices that save water, energy, time, money and help care for the surrounding environment.

This guide presents a diverse selection of native plant species that look great and grow well in the local conditions. Using this guide allows you to enjoy local native birds and animals, and avoid the pitfalls of garden plants that can spread and become weeds throughout the region.

Download the Urban Garden Guide 

Trees on private land

Different rules apply in different parts of the Shire depending on the zoning of the land under the applicable local environmental plan.  In general, consent may be required for the removal of large trees in urban areas and for the clearing of native vegetation in rural and environmental protection areas. You should seek advice prior to starting any work on private land that is likely to impact on native or non-native vegetation (including weeds).  Contact Council's Planning and Environmental Health Division for further information on what rules apply to vegetation on your land and whether or not a development approval is required, telephone 1300 864 444.

More information:


Urban vegetation on public land policy

This Council policy refers to trees on public land and includes information about:

  • tree planting and species selection
  • tree asset management
  • bushland reserves
  • urban subdivisions
  • tree protection

Download the Urban Vegetation on Public Land policy 

Related Pages

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