|A local government planning permit is not normally required for a centre pivot, but is required for associated earthworks or clearing of remnant native vegetation. This step discusses issues particularly relevant to centre pivot irrigation development. For further information, see Step 2.2.11.|
In some cases, limiting a pivot to less than 360o (a part-circle) may preserve valuable trees. While this is technically feasible, it is not attractive as it compromises the management of the pivot (see “What shape can be irrigated?”, Step 126.96.36.199). However, it is manageable and may be an acceptable compromise.
- Trees (remnant or introduced) are compatible with pivots, but only outside the pivot circle! Farmers planning to remove remnant vegetation to install a pivot must obtain a planning permit before removing any trees. Fines of up to $45,000 have been imposed in the previously (plus costs, plus reinstatement costs, plus publicity). “Offset” plantings of multiples of native trees (typically 200 per remnant tree removed) are likely to be a condition of a permit. However, a permit will not automatically be given! Landholders should consult the relevant Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) personnel in the early stages of their planning process. See Step 188.8.131.52.
Offset plantings may be needed to compensate for trees removed