Importance of Native Vegetation
Native vegetation is made up of groups or communities of native plants (flora) from the smallest mosses and grasses to the tallest trees, and everything in between. They are the home (or habitat) for our native wildlife (fauna) including birds, mammals, insects and fish on land and in our waterways.
Some of our most threatened remnant native vegetation communities occur on private land. These form important wildlife corridors between the mountains and the coastal areas and Lakes.
The health of our native vegetation is affected by where we build our homes, towns, industries and farms, how we manage the land and water, and by weeds and pest animals.
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Native Vegetation is Protected by Law
You must check with our Environmental Planner on 1300 366 244 if you intend to lop, remove, or collect native vegetation or firewood on your land or on Council roadsides and reserves. Illegal clearing of native vegetation harms our environment and can attract large fines. See our Native Vegetation Removal page for more information.
What you can do
- Report illegal clearing of native vegetation to our Environmental Planner on 1300 366 244
- Check to see if you need a Planning Permit before lopping or removing native vegetation