Vegetation Management and Watercourses


Vegetation Management Plan
Programmed Vegetation Maintenance
Native Vegetation Marker System
Creeks and Watercourses on Private Land

Vegetation Management Plan

The Roadside Vegetation Management Plan places an emphasis on community engagement and consultation.

Native Vegetation Marker System (NVMS)  (Blue Marker Sites, see below) denote environmental significance and status and are therefore a primary focus of the document to ensure these sites are managed correctly in respect to conservation, vegetation clearances, weed mitigation, grading and pathogen control.

Click here for the Adelaide Hills Council Roadside Vegetation Management Plan  

Programmed Vegetation Maintenance

Trees are an important and valuable part of the Adelaide Hills landscape. They provide amenity and environmental benefits and play an important role in maintaining a 'sense of place' for Hills townships and countryside. Although trees can sometimes cause a nuisance to individuals, trees are generally considered to be a part of the natural environment and there is an expectation by the community numerous benefits of trees outweigh any minor inconveniences.

The maintenance of council trees is prioritised by the risk that a tree presents. For example, a branch/tree that has fallen across public roads or has imminent potential to fall are prioritised above normal tree pruning requests. Tree pruning will only be carried out when necessary to ensure that a tree grows to its potential or when it does or is likely to, interfere with public infrastructure or to prevent safe passage by pedestrians or vehicles.

Removal of trees under the care and control of Council will be carried out in accordance with principles outlined in the Tree Management Policy and relevant legislation.

Click here for Zone Maintenance Map
Click here for Aboriculture Zone Maintenance Program 2021–22

Native Vegetation Marker System

The Native Vegetation Marker System (NVMS) has been designed to identify sites of conservation significance, which are protected by legislation due to high value native vegetation.

Council has adopted the NVMS to assist in management of roadside native vegetation. The system is voluntary and uses a standard sign for marking sites, assisting Council and other agencies to protect remnant native vegetation and to comply with the requirements of Federal and State legislation during roadworks and other public utility work nearby.

The NVMS supports best practice management for roadside native vegetation. The marking system could be readily extended for identifying other landscape, historic and cultural features if and when required by Council.

Click here to download a Native Vegetation Marker System brochure

Creeks and Watercourses on Private Land

Creeks and watercourses running through private property are the land owner's responsibility. Council is only responsible where there are pits and pipes within your property and within an easement to Council. For information on Certificate of Titles, please visit

All creeks and watercourses operate under common law and as the resident or landowner you are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the watercourse and to ensure the watercourse can take adequate flow without blockages, causing flooding to yourself or upstream.

If your creek or watercourse is causing flooding, please ensure it has adequate capacity to take all flows and work with your adjoining land owner to ensure they have no blockages or flow restrictions.

Council acknowledges that we conduct our business on the traditional lands and waters of the Peramangk and Kaurna people. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging as the Custodians of this ancient and beautiful land.
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