The City of Unley Conservation Fund assists owners of Significant Trees and Local Heritage Items or Contributory buildings in a Conservation Zone to preserve them in a 'safe and aesthetically pleasing condition'.
Grants may be allocated for up to 50% of the total cost of a single conservation treatment.
The maximum amounts that can be granted are:
- $1,000 for Significant Trees; and
- $5,000 for local heritage buildings/contributory items.
Grants are not available for:
- The removal of Significant Trees; or
- Inappropriate lopping, pruning or other 'tree damaging' activities as defined by the Development Act 1993; or
- Buildings in Built Form or other Planning Zones (unless the building is Local Heritage listed); or
- State Heritage buildings/items (work may be eligible for funding from the State Government or for tax rebates from the Commonwealth Government).
Applications are generally considered in April and October but this timing depends on the availability of funds. Grants will only be provided while funds remain in the budget allocated by Council for the relevant financial year.
Please note that:
- The applicant must provide at least 2 quotations for the proposed conservation with the application form
- When a conservation grant is made, the applicant must accept the Council's right to photograph the subject trees, property and/or items, before and after conservation work
- Council will only pay approved grants following an inspection by a City of Unley officer (or delegate) upon satisfactory completion of any proposed conservation works
- The City of Unley reserves the right to withhold payment of an approved grant if conservation work does not meet appropriate standards and/or differs from the work that was proposed in the application.