Consulting Services

Arbor Survey can provide consulting arborist Services to government for both strategic/ statutory planning and parks and gardens departments.

We are the preferred supplier to a number of Victorian Councils providing arboricultural consulting services to statutory planning and parks and gardens. We can provide planning referral advice, independent peer reviews and undertake inspection services for customer requests for local government.

Large Scale Tree Surveys

Arbor Survey can conduct large scale tree surveys through the assistance of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. Surveys provide important information on tree species, physical tree dimensions, tree risk, tree condition and recommendations for maintenance.

The survey data is collected on each tree using the GPS (sub meter accuracy) and can be incorporated into your Geographic Information System (GIS) allowing you or your maintenance teams to locate each tree and follow up with the appropriate works. Additional to standard reporting, Arbor Survey can also provide you with your own stand-alone tree management system that is managed by you and more cost effective than using other systems.

Significant Tree Register Assessment and Review

Trees provide many benefits for all species in our natural environment and so it is important to protect them where possible. Most council’s sustainability strategies include a tree register to protect significant trees in the community. A significant tree could include a rare, uncommon species or has historical significance.

Arbor Survey consultants are uniquely skilled to review and assess any new trees chosen for the register against the heritage identification and assessment criteria, check the conditions of trees already registered and record and updated any changes and provide guidance on ongoing maintenance and care of all trees listed on the register.

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) Expert Evidence and Representation

In some circumstances a consulting arborist is required to provide evidence to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) on dispute applications taken to the tribunal by developers, Council and landowners over permits required for development of land associated with tree and landscape matters.

Arbor Survey are able to prepare detailed and accurate expert witness reports and appear at Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and or court proceedings for civil tree disputes matters. We have extensive experience providing evidence at VCAT and have represented numerous private and local government clients, including representation at Victorian Planning Panel hearings.

Tree Management Plans

A complete tree management plan could be prepared for a site that requires ongoing maintenance and regular management of the tree population. These reports monitor the condition of the trees, assess the risk and provide specific management actions and timeframes. These plans are ideal for schools, kindergartens, commercial properties and even golf courses.

Arbor Survey tree management plans can be developed for any public and private ownership sites. We understand the risks involved with trees and have advanced qualifications and experience in current tree risk analysis using the Quantified Tree Risk Analysis (QTRA) and the International Society of Arboriculture, Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) system. We understand tree biology and the physical tree works requirements. We will provide an independent, realistic and specific tree management works plan for your site.