Roads, paths and verges

The City is responsible for the maintenance of over 330km of roads and implements road safety projects that are funded by both the State and Federal Governments. Road maintenance works primarily include pothole and tree root damage repairs, crack sealing and kerb repairs with major reseal and reconstruction works forming part of the City’s annual infrastructure capital program.

The City also maintains approximately 200km of footpaths and dual use paths. Maintenance works include the repair of damaged sections of the City’s brick paved paths, tree root damage repairs, sweeping and cleaning, weed spraying and repairs to sections of damaged in situ concrete footpaths.

Any damage or faults to the road and footpath network should be reported to the Civil Operations on 9792 7306 or

To view current works in progress click here.

Plans and Studies

Please find below all documents relevant to the planning of the City’s roads, footpaths and verges.

City of Bunbury Bike Plan

City of Bunbury Standard Path Details Plan 1, Plan 2 & Plan 3

Bunbury Integrated Land Use and Transport Vision

New Street Names within the City of Bunbury

Carey Park Traffic Management Study

To view the City’s maps including Walk-It Bunbury and Bike-It Bunbury, click here.

Permits and Licences

For roads, paths, and verges application and information forms visit the Permits and Licences section of the website.

Street trees

The City of Bunbury is inviting residents to take part in its Winter Street Program.

The Winter Street Tree Program aims to maintain and expand urban tree canopy in our residential areas.

Through the program, trees are supplied and planted on the verge at no cost to residents. The tree(s) will require watering about twice a week within the first year, to ensure that they have the best chance to establish.

Pruning and ongoing maintenance of the tree is the responsibility of the City.

The City takes requests for street trees year round, however planting of the trees only occurs in winter (July/August).

There is a limited number of trees available each year. If your request for a tree(s) cannot be accommodated this winter, your request will be prioritised for planting the following year.

Please follow the link HERE​ to apply.​

Street trees are a valued public asset and Bunbury is fortunate to have a significant number of trees on most City streets which provide an environmentally sustainable and aesthetic streetscape brining many benefits.

Qualified arboricultural contractors undertake an annual ground up visual inspection on each street tree in the City. For trees other than street trees, where a hazard has been reported, a visual ground up inspection will be undertaken by arboricultural contractors or an appropriately trained Officer of the City.

 Pruning is generally only undertaken by the City to further the health and vitality of a tree. Pruning of trees unaffected by powerlines does not normally occur, however pruning may be undertaken in the interests of:

·       Public Safety

·       Traffic and pedestrian access

·       Removing growth abnormality or disease

·       Maintaining views from public lookouts

·       Protecting public art and signage; and

·       Managing the health and well-being of the tree.

 Tree related queries such as pruning requests or removal of trees on council verges, reserves or within parks are to be in accordance with the Council Policy: Tree Retention and Corporate Guideline Tree Management. An inspection will then be carried out and you will be advised of the result of the inspection and any proposed works.

Please contact Open Space Operations on (08) 9792 7301 or email for further information.

Verge maintenance

The City of Bunbury relies on each person maintaining the verge at the front or side of their property. Verge maintenance by Council is limited to pruning of street trees. Any further improvement is by the property owner and adds to the aesthetics of the property. 

It is not possible for Council to control weed growth by mechanical means, so where they become a problem weeds along footpaths and kerbs are sprayed. The chemical used is glyphosate, which is a non – residual that kills the weed by absorption through the leaves and transferring to the root system. The spray retails as either “Zero” or ‘Roundup” in the shops. 

Every endeavour is made not to spray verges that are well maintained, but sometimes this inadvertently happens. If you wish, your verge can be added to a list of properties not to be sprayed.

Any resident who wishes to improve the amenity of the Council verge in front of or beside their property should be in accordance with Corporate Guideline Road Verge Treatment and lodged on via Road Verge Treatment Permit.

The City of Bunbury undertakes tree planting to parks and streets annually. Planting is undertaken during the winter months. Should you like a tree planted out the front of your house please contact the City’s Open Space Operations on 9792 7301 or via email at


The City provides and maintains reticulation systems to many reserves, playgrounds and sportsgrounds throughout the City to provide an improved amenity for residents. Every effort is made to ensure that reticulation systems are set to minimise inconvenience to residents with most operating between the hours of 9pm and 6am. 

Any damage, vandalism or other queries relating to City reticulation systems should be reported to the Open Space department on 9792 7301 or​​​