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Tree Planting
Council continually plants trees throughout our streets and public reserves through active tree planting programs.

The following table details trees planted in the local government area in Financial Year 2019/20, excluding any shrubs, grasses or groundcovers planted.
Total trees planted in Georges River Council 2019/20
Reason for Planting Number of Trees
Five Million Trees Grants (detailed below) 514 (500 in FY 19/20)
Communities Environment Program Grant, trees in streets 50
General Planting Requests, trees in streets 87
Park Improvements 11
Playground Projects 43
Gannons Park Stage 2 Works  270
Total 961 (975 including additional 5MT plantings)

Five Million Trees  

Our ability to plant more trees has been assisted by funding from the NSW Government through The Five Million Trees for Greater Sydney Grant Program and Council's two concurrent projects:
  1. The Forest Roads, Canopy Corridors project, planting 500 trees in two corridors of low canopy cover
  2. The Cool Places, Urban Oasis project, planting trees for shade in various urban hubs throughout the area.
When updates are available, the table below will be updated with progress on the two Five Million Trees grant projects.

Forest Roads, Canopy Corridors

Cool Places, Urban Oasis

Kogarah Bay Corridor: 196 trees planted as of November 2019 in streets and parks of Beverley Park and Kogarah Bay. In-fill plantings to take place in Autumn 2020 The Cool Places, Urban Oasis project is being rolled out in select locations, with seven trees planted at Timothy Reserve, Hurstville and two trees planted at Macquarie Place, Mortdale.
Beverly Hills Corridor: 309 trees planted as of July 2020 in the streets and parks of Beverly Hills, Riverwood, Narwee, Peakhurst and Penshurst. Final locations of other trees planted in the Cool Places, Urban Oasis project will be communicated here following approval from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

Other Grant Projects

The Riverwood Wetland Restoration project has planted 1,200 native plants, including trees, as part of the Greater Sydney Local Land Services Priority Wetlands Habitat Grants.

Council also has various concurrent Communities Environment Program grant projects, including the planting of native trees, shrubs, grasses and groundcovers in Beverly Hills Park, Evatt Park and Moore Reserve. 

For more information on these projects, contact Council's Bushcare Team on 9330 6400.

Tree Replacement

If a request to remove trees from your property has been successful, you are required to perform one of the following actions:

  • Replace that tree with two or more trees anywhere within your property boundary within six weeks; or
  • Pay an Offset Fee for tree replacement (per tree). The Offset Fee amount is to be determined by an Australian Qualification Framework Level 5 Arborist applying the Thyer Method for Tree Valuation (2011) for an amount between $1,000 and $10,000.

Council officers will determine which action is to be applied. The Offset Fee can be found under Tree Management in Georges River Council's Fees and Charges.

The conditions for tree replacement are determined by Council's two Development Control Plans and overarching Tree Management Policy.

Tree Species

If replacement is required, please use the following lists when replanting a tree within your property boundary:

Suitable Local Native Species

Botanical Name

Common Name

Height to:

Acacia implexa Two-veined Hickory      8m
Acacia parramattensis Sydney Green Wattle  5m
Acmena smithii Lilly Pilly  8m
Allocasuarina littoralis Black She-Oak  5m
Allocasuarina torulosa Forest-Oak 30m
Angophora costata Smooth-Barked Apple 25m
Angophora floribunda Rough-Barked Apple 20m
Avicennia marina subsp. australasica Grey Mangrove 4m
Banksia integrifolia Coastal Banksia 10m
Banksia serrata Old Man Banksia  8m
Casuarina glauca Swamp Oak 20m
Ceratopetalum apetalum Coachwood 20m
Corymbia gummifera Red Bloodwood 20m
Elaeocarpus reticulatus Blueberry Ash 10m
Eucalyptus botryoides Bangalay 18m
Eucalyptus haemastoma Scribbly Gum 15m
Eucalyptus pilularis Blackbutt 30m
Eucalyptus piperita Sydney Peppermint 15m
Eucalyptus punctata Grey Gum 30m
Eucalyptus resinifera Red Mahogany 20m
Eucalyptus robusta Swamp Mahogany 30m
Ficus rubiginosa Port Jackson Fig 15m
Glochidion ferdinandi Cheese Tree  8m
Syncarpia glomulifera Turpentine 20m


Other Suitable Native and Exotic Species

Botanical Name Common Name Height to:
Acmena smithii var ‘Minor’ Dwarf Lilly Pilly  6m
Acer palmatum Japanese Maple  6m
Arbutus unedo Strawberry Tree  6m
Backhousia citriodora Lemon Scented Myrtle  8m
Betula pendula Silver Birch 10m
Buckinghamia celsissima Ivory Curl Flowering Tree 10m
Callistemon citrinus ‘Endeavour’ Crimson  Bottlebrush  5m
Calodendrum capense Cape Chestnut 10m
Camelia japonica Camelia  5m
Citharexylum spinosum Fiddlewood 10m
Cupaniopsis anacardioides Tuckeroo  8m
Eucalyptus ficifolia Red Flowering Gum  6m
Flindersia australis Australian Teak 20m
Fraxinus oxycarpa ‘Raywoodii’ Claret Ash 10m
Gordonia axillaris Fried Egg Plant  9m
Harpullia pendula Tulipwood 10m
Hymenosporum flavum Native Frangipani 12m
Jacaranda mimosifolia Jacaranda 12m
Koelreuteria paniculata Golden Rain Tree  8m
Lagerstroemia indica Crepe Myrtle  7m
Lophostemon confertus Brush Box 15m
Magnolia ‘Little Gem’ Little Gem Magnolia  6m
Pistacia chinensis Chinese Tallow Tree 10m
Pyrus calleryana ‘ Chanticleer’ Pear Tree 10m
Stenocarpus sinuatus Firewheel Tree 12m
Syzygium leuhmannii Lilly Pilly 10m
Tristaniopsis laurina Water Gum   8m
Ulmus parvifolia Chinese Elm 15m

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