AQF Level 5 Arborist Reports
Applications to remove a tree that is claimed to be dead, dying, diseased or dangerous within the Port Macquarie Hastings region are to be supported by a report by an AQF 5 qualified arborist (Port Macquarie Hastings Council link below).
PMHC Tree removal and pruning information
The process for applying for tree works varies from Council to Council and trees of a particular species may be protected within one local government area (LGA) and not in another. Some Councils protect trees once they have reached specific physical dimensions such as height and canopy spread and other Councils protect trees regardless of size. Trees can also be protected due to their environmental contributions e.g. erosion control or to preserve the food source and habitat of endangered and/or native reptiles, amphibians, birds and arboreal marsupials such as ‘Koala Browse species’. The one constant across all Councils is that proposed tree works must be justified from an arboricultural perspective for protected trees.
MNC Trees has worked directly as a part of Port Macquarie Hastings Council’s Tree Management team to assist with the management of their tree assets. This work has provided MNC Trees with an in depth knowledge of the process of applying for tree work and removal at local government level. Our Arborist Reports are produced in an easy to read, legal format and exceed industry benchmark requirements.
These reports are typically produced to determine the safety and longevity of a tree and may accompany an application to council.
1. Tree Hazard Assessment Reports include a specific assessment of potentially hazardous defects of a tree or trees. These reports may contain more information than a standard VTA (Visual Tree Assessment) report.
2. The report includes detail on the specific nature of the defect, its potential for failure and quantifies the value of targets should the tree or tree part fail. Potential defects include; decay, cavities, structural faults and unstable root-plates.
3. Various methodologies may be used to quantify the extent of the defect including; root crown investigation, trunk or limb drilling to carry out strength loss calculations, aerial inspections and tree tissue or soil pathology assessments when fungal pathogens are suspected.