Planting guidelines

You are responsible for any damage plants cause to nearby buildings, footpaths, underground pipes and other structures. These guidelines reduce vegetation management issues in the future. 

Avoid damage from roots

Plant root systems can cause blockages, leading to overflows and flooding. They often extend into stormwater, sewage and water pipes in search of food and nutrients.

You can avoid damage by choosing plants with suitable roots, and using root barriers. A root barrier is a tough material liner wrapped around the plant’s base when it is planted, which restricts the root system as the plant grows.

Your local nursery will have information about suitable products.


Inappropriate planting or landscaping in floodways can obstruct water flow and increase flooding.

When planting in a floodway, within an overland flow path, ensure:

  • trees and shrubs are five metres outside the floodway area

  • no shrubs are within the floodway area

  • branches have a two metre clearance

Floodway landscaping recommendations

Reserves and easements (non-floodway areas)

We have categorised common native species according to their suitability for planting over or near underground pipes in non-floodway areas.

  • Species 1 plants can be planted within 1.5 metres of standard pipe clearances

  • Species 2 plants must be planted more than 1.5 metres away from pipes

  • Species 3 plants must have at least 3 metres of clearance

Plant species diagram 

Not all plants are native to your area. Contact your local council or your local Landcare group can also advise you on native species for your area.

Species 1

Scientific name​ Common name​
Arthropodium strictum​ Chocolate Lily​
Brachyscome multifida​ Cut-leaf Daisy​
Bulbine bulbosa​ Bulbine Lily​
Carex appressa​ Tall Sedge​
Chrysocephalum apiculatum​ Common Everlasting​
Dianella longifolia​ Pale Flax-lily​
Dichondra repens​ Kidney Weed​
Kennedia prostrate​ Running Postman​
Lomandra longifolia​ Spiny-headed mat rush​
Poa labillardieri​ Common Tussock Grass​
Stylidium graminifolium​ Grass Trigger Plant​
Themeda trianda​ Kangaroo Grass​


Species 2

Scientific name​ Common name​
Acacia acinacea​ Gold Dust Wattle​
Correa glabra​ Rock Correa​
Correa reflexa​ Common Correa​
Daviesa leptophylla​ Narrow leaf bitter-pea​
Dilwynia glaberrima​ Small leaf parrot-pea​
Epacris impressa​ Common Heath​
Goodenia ovate​ Hop Goodenia​
Hakea ulcina​ Furze Hakea​
Hibbertia obtusifolia​ Showy Guinea Flower​
Hovea linearis​ Common Hovea​
Indigofera australis​ Austral indigo​
Olearia argophylla​ Musk Daisy Bush​
Ozothamnus obcordatus​ Grey Everlasting​
Pultenaea gunnii​ Golden Bush Pea​


Species 3

Scientific name Common name​
Acacia myrtifolia​ Myrtle Wattle​
Acacia paradoxa​ Hedge Wattle​
Bursaria spinosa​ Sweet Bursaria​
Cassina arcuata Drooping Cassina​
Cassina aculeate​ Dogwood​
Coprosma quadrifida​ Prickly Current-bush​
Hakea nodosa​ Yellow Hakea​
Hymenanthera dentate​ Tree Violet​
Olearia lirata Snow Daisy Bush​
Ozothamnus ferrugineus​ Tree Everlasting​
Pultenaea daphnoides​ Large-leaf Bush Pea​
Solanum aviculare​ Kangaroo Apple​
Spyrideum parvifolium​ Dusty Miller​
Viminaria juncea​ Golden Spray​

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Last updated:
4 April 2019