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Tree Maintenance Fund

Many Regulated/Significant trees are located on private property and we understand the challenges residents face in looking after these magnificent trees, the grants program recognises that there is much community interest in preserving these trees and provides financial assistance to enable this.

These trees offer a range of benefits to the community, support a diverse range of wildlife, provide a connection to our history and contribute to the character of our neighbourhoods.

What can the funds be used for?

The Regulated Tree Maintenance Fund provides financial assistance for property owners to take action that helps maintain their Regulated/Significant tree. The fund covers the following

  • Arborist report, when works are subsequently undertaken on the tree
  • Tree Pruning
  • Pest and Disease Control

What is a Regulated/Significant Tree?

A regulated tree has:

  • a Regulated Tree is any tree with a circumference exceeding 1 metre (when measured 1 metre above ground level).
  • in the case of trees that have multiple trunks, this also includes tree which have trunks with a total circumference of 1 m or more and an average circumference of 310 mm or more.

A significant tree has:

  • a Significant Tree is any tree with a circumference exceeding 2 metres (when measured 1 metre above ground level).
  • multiple trunks with a total circumference of 2 metres or more and an average circumference of 625 millimetres or more when measured 1 metre above natural ground level.

Visit Plan SA for more information.

Tree Maintenance Fund FAQs

What is the program?

We have established a program to assist and encourage property owners in the City of Marion to adequately maintain these trees. The program recognises that there is much community interest in preserving them and provides financial assistance to enable this.

Who can apply?

Applications for funding can only be submitted by property owners of Regulated and Significant Trees as defined by the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 within the City of Marion.

Funding is available only for the maintenance and management of Regulated or Significant trees.

Tenants and residents occupying neighbouring properties are not eligible to apply.

What funding is avaliable?

A total of 50% of the combined costs of the Arborist report and the maintenance works conducted on the tree, capped at $1,750 per tree can be sought.

Note - Reimbursement for up to 50% of the Arborist report will only occur when subsequent works on the tree are undertaken.

Funding will be in the form of a reimbursement payment once the tree report has been paid in full and or works are completed and a copy of the payment is provided to Council from the property owner.

Repeat applications may be considered if they clearly demonstrate that the work being undertaken is required maintenance outlined in an ongoing tree management plan

What is ineligible for funding?

No funding is available for:

  • The removal of a tree
  • Works which have previously occurred or commenced prior to seeking funding approval
  • Repairs to infrastructure, private property or vehicles for damage caused or suspected to be caused by the tree
  • Works that have not received Planning consent (if required) or would be considered tree-damaging activities as defined by the regulations.
  • Arborist report where no subsequent maintenance work on the tree is undertaken

Step one - download and complete form

Step two - submit form via My Marion