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Applying for a Permit

High Country Tree Services will refer property owners to the appropriate authority to obtain the permits (if required) for tree removal or pruning, including the Mansfield Shire, VicRoads, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority or Mt Buller & Mt Stirling Alpine Resorts Management Board.

Permits are required depending on the type, size and location of trees requiring attention. In particular, permits are required to remove trees that are close to roads and waterways or in the alpine area.


High Country Tree Services has a wide range of equipment to accomodate all of your on-site needs.

  • 20m Spider Track-Mounted Elevated Work Platform (EWP)

  • 19m Truck Mounted Elevated Work Platform (EWP)

  • 12m Truck Mounted Elevated Work Platform (EWP)

  • 5T Hyundai Excavator with Log Grab

  • 2 x 18" Chippers

  • 16" Chippers

  • 12" Chippers

  • 8" Chippers

  • Multiple Trucks and Vehicles

  • Climbing gear

  • Chainsaws & pole saws

  • Hedgetrimmers

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High Country Tree Services specializes in the ropes side of the tree business, from climbing to rigging. There’s no ‘near enough is good enough’ when your life or property depends on ropes and rigging.

Qualified tree climbing arborists know the breaking strains and safe shock loadings of all the different sized ropes and cables used for different tasks. Friction drums, pulleys, winches, strops and other devices are used for large or difficult tree removals in confined spaces with minimal landing zone.

Environmental Management

HCTS environmental management strategies involve all aspects of our business, including carbon emissions, careful operation of plant and equipment, recycling, and fire prevention.

Environmentally responsible choice of vehicles and equipment for each job to reduce fuel consumption, pollution and lower maintenance costing.

All chainsaws are fitted with spark arresters to prevent the ignition of dry grass, leaves or debris to eliminate any fire risk.
Second-hand hydraulic oil is re-used as chain bar lube to lower the production of bar lube and reduce amount of used hydraulic oil being recycled. HCTS uses over 1000 litres of bar lube annually.

All fuel cans fitted with auto stoppers to ensure no spillage or waste when refueling chainsaws and eliminate any contamination of soil around work sites.

All HCTS vehicles are serviced as per manufacturers recommendation to keep carbon emissions to a minimum.
All second-hand engine oil re-used in workshop headers and on post and rail fencing at owner’s farm to eliminate the use of gas or electricity and reduce the amount of oil being recycled.

Used chains and bars from saws recycled as scrap metal.
Mulch is stockpiled and sold to the public or donated to local communities to reduce water use on gardens and electricity to run water pumps.
Large timber debris recycled and sold as firewood, preventing unnecessary wastage.

Any exotic timber such as Chestnut, Blackwood or Walnut is sold to a timber merchant in Yea for woodturning, furniture or stocks for firearms.
Chemical usage is minimal and all chemicals are dispersed with control trigger spray bottles to reduce the amount of wastage and contamination to the surrounding environment.

Continuous mechanical devises (e.g. 5 tonne excavator) are used to eliminate chemical spraying and reduce fire risk.
Use of office supplies is kept to a minimum through electronic communications (as preference), recycled paper, double sided printing and refillable printer cartridges.


Mulch For Your Garden

Mulch is a byproduct of our business – we chip all debris from jobs and make a rich garden mulch that looks and smells great. Clients can keep their mulch or we will take it back to our yard at Crosbys Lane for sale to the public or donation to community groups.

5% of all mulch sales are donated to ‘The High Country Friends and Family Tree’ our Mansfield Relay for Life team raising funds for cancer research.


Our Customer Service Commitment

Mulch is a byproduct of our business – we chip all debris from jobs and make a rich garden mulch that looks and smells great. Clients can keep their mulch or we will take it back to our yard at Crosbys Lane for sale to the public or donation to community groups.

5% of all mulch sales are donated to ‘The High Country Friends and Family Tree’ our Mansfield Relay for Life team raising funds for cancer research.


Clients call for a quote

Attendance at the property within 7 days (weekend visits are available for holiday home owners)

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What is best outcome for tree, people and property?
What are the risks involved?
What equipment and staff are required?
What permits are required?


Written quote provided

Reference to AS4373: Pruning of Amenity Trees (2007)
Public Liability Insurance $20mil
Clear and full details of the work to be done
Whether GST is included
Who will be responsible for obtaining necessary permits
What steps will be taken to protect you, your property and the environment
Would the client like to keep their debris (mulch) or have it removed?


Job is carried out

At earliest convenience
Client given 24 hours notice prior to works, if required
On arrival well presented, professional HCTS personnel will introduce themselves to the client
Agreed works carried out
All efforts are made to leave the site in excellent condition
Customer satisfaction confirmed before leaving the site



Government agencies are concerned about public safety and environmental issues, and require a very high level of hazard prevention and emergency response to ensure that potentially hazardous trees are pruned or removed.

High Country Tree Services provides highly experienced arborists for Tree Reports, powerline clearing, fire prevention and 24-hour emergency response.

Clients include:

SP AusNet
Mansfield Shire Council
Department of Sustainability & Environment
Department of Primary Industries
Goulburn Murray Water
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority
Mt Buller & Mt Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board


Schools & Tourism Businesses

Schools and local tourism businesses require tree works to be completed during times when children, staff and clientele are not on the property to prevent distraction and keep risks to a minimum.

High Country Tree Services are happy to accommodate schools and businesses by providing tree works during off-peak periods.

Clients include:

Ski lodges
Caravan parks
Tourist accommodation
Weekend land owners

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Holiday Homeowners

Springtime can be a busy time for holiday homeowners, with tree work required to clear the winter dead wood, manage new growth and prepare for the summer bushfire season ahead.

High Country Tree Services will take the load off holiday homeowners by reducing their weekend work, cost of equipment and risks associated with tree management, leaving them to relax and enjoy ‘time out’ in the High Country.


Farmers/Large Property Owners

Farmers know the value of an 80-100-year-old tree – they cannot be easily replaced. High Country Tree Services will save farmers and large property-owners time and money by preventing tree death and damage to assets (fences and buildings) and maintaining a shelter for livestock and wildlife.

High Country Tree Services recommends formative pruning of young trees to allow the growth of well-structured trees, as well as thinning and deadwood removal in shelterbelts to create a low-maintenance tree guard. Together with regular mistletoe inspection and removal, this will significantly increase tree survival and land value


Suburban Gardens

Hazard prevention is vital on smaller properties where trees overhang buildings and may cause personal harm. High Country Tree Services will provide specialized climbers and equipment to negotiate small yards and minimize risk to people, houses, sheds and gardens.

Warning to homeowners: tree works can be dangerous, requiring suitable physical fitness, experience and the correct equipment.

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