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About the Policy

Council currently has a Tree Donation Policy that allows for a maximum of 25 plants annually to be donated to local schools and not-for-profit preschools for their grounds. In recent years there has not been as much interest for this service however, there has been rising interest in planting in public open spaces to enhance our bushland and current programs.

We have given local schools opportunities for students to come along to planting days in public open spaces and participate in bush regeneration or tree planting programs. Shellharbour City Council Nursery sources and provides the plants at these planting opportunities. Take a look at some of the times this has happened recently:

Draft implications:

The Draft Tree Donation Policy update is proposing:

  • Reflect the current practice of providing planting opportunities at public open spaces to schools in the policy.
  • School planting days can be incorporated into Council's bushland regeneration or other planting programs.
  • Remove from the policy the donation of 25 plants annually to schools and not for profit preschools to plant on their grounds.

View the Draft Tree Donation Policy and Council meeting 5 September business paper now:

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How can I make a submission?

Submissions must be received in writing and addressed to

The Chief Executive Officer
Locked Bag 155
Shellharbour City Centre NSW 2529

or sent by email to:

or complete all sections of the form below. If you do not leave your personal details, any information will be received as informal feedback.

The Draft Tree Donation Policy was on public exhibition from 8 September to 6 October 2023.