About our fully licensed and insured arborists


At Hunter River Trees, we provide a superior level of arborist services to residents in the middle to lower Hunter region, including those in Maitland and Newcastle. Our Lochinvar-based business is family owned and operated with the assurance of a hassle-free experience.
Each member of our team, from our tradespeople to our apprentices, are trained at the Kurri Kurri TAFE campus. Through this extensive formal and on-the-job training, we're able to ensure the best results in our services. We're also qualified certificate 5 arborists, meaning our tree surgeons can provide full tree risk assessments.
To further cement our position as a trustworthy, reliable tree service provider, we've ensured we're covered for all relevant insurances and WHS compliances.
As members of Arboriculture Australia and the International Society of Arborists, we have access to the latest news, training and workshops. This, along with our qualifications and certifications, allows us to bring the best services to the greater Hunter region.
Visit our services page for a full list of our tree, stump and block clearing solutions.
Our Team
Steve Watson
Senior Consulting Arborist
Steve has more than 25 years' experience in arboriculture work in the Hunter region. He is a fully registered consulting arborist with a Certificate 5 in Horticulture and ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification, as well as being approved by Arboriculture Australia. With an extensive background in the industry, Steve is able to lead our consulting arborists to achieve the results we're so well known for.

Lee McElroy
Assistant to Senior Consulting Arborist
Lee's list of qualifications is almost endless. He brings more than 30 years' experience at a local government level as a tree preservation officer and numerous other arboriculture positions. This experience sees Lee performing the majority of our full site tree surveys and audits.
Lee's full qualifications and certifications:
  • Belmont College of TAFE Certificate IV Training & Assessment
  • University New England Bachelor of Applied Science (Natural Resources)
  • Australian College of Applied Science Diploma of Arboriculture
  • Ryde College of TAFE Bush Regeneration certificate (credit level)
  • University of Technology Sydney Bachelor Horticulture Parks & Management Charlestown College of TAFE Horticulture Certificate (credit level)
    Qualifications, Insurance & WHS
    • Qualified Cert. 5 arborist
    • Tree risk assessment qualification
    • Fully insured with $20million Public Liability
    • Follow Australian Standards 4373–2007 (pruning of amenity trees)
    Our staff have a flawless track record for safety on the job. To ensure this continues, we're fully WHS compliant, with a system containing the full Work Cover Subby Pack, which includes a Safety Work Method Statement (SWMS), Toolbox Talks, plant and equipment checklists and more.
    As part of our safety measures and in accordance with the law, we are covered by full Workers Compensation and Public Liability Insurance for up to $20million. We can show you all proof of documentation prior to any job.

    Our Portfolio

    The Road & Traffic Authority Services (across numerous worksites, including the Maitland Hospital and the railway roundabout upgrade)

    Maitland Council (ongoing work)

    TAFE NSW (across a number of campuses)

    National Parks & Wildlife (providing comprehensive tree reports for camp grounds and picnic areas in a number of national parks)

    Maintain-It-Now (for various sites)

    Hunter Grammar School (providing tree works and annual tree safety audits)

    Keller Civil Engineering across various worksites, including the new roundabout on the New England Highways and Kyle Street Rutherford)

    Newcastle Airport (at William Town)

    Royal Castle Aero Club (at Rutherford)

    Gleeson Civil Engineering

    Hunter Land

    Anambah Constructions

    GWH Constructions

    Transfield Services

    The Marathon Group

    Lee Rowans Garden World & Landscaping

    Most real estate agencies in the local area