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Nature Strips

The Veggie Verges Program

Have you always wanted a vegetable garden, but don’t have the right kind of space in your garden? You should consider growing veggies in your verge!

The options are endless, with a wide assortment of vegetables and herbs suitable for greening your patch of the footpath. Imagine arriving home to pick some fresh basil and tomatoes from your verge for a scrumptious bruschetta! Or some fresh rosemary for a quick and easy garlic and rosemary pizza.

As a special offer for Autumn 2016, there was no cost to establish the perfect foundation for a veggie verge. That’s right! Council, with the support of generous sponsor Jeffries (the compost, soil and mulch experts), arranged for soil to be removed and replaced with Jeffries special mix soil - for free!

The free program was only for a limited time and all funds have now been allocated, but if you are interested in establishing a Veggie Verge, the service has reverted to the low standard price of $14-$16 per square metre.

There are numerous community-wide benefits associated with using the green space outside your home for a vegetable garden, such as neighbourhood beautification, urban re-greening and increasing biodiversity. A kerbside garden also provides a new way for people to engage with each other while using a public space. It’s a great way of meeting your neighbours and previous programs have shown that residents with veggie verges feel more connected with their local community.

Verge Maintenance

Council’s policy in terms of nature strip maintenance is that our maintenance services extend to routine weed spraying of those that are standard or undeveloped (generally backfilled with dolomite or loam).  Any other developed nature strips, which have been planted with either lawn or plants, are the resident’s or property owner’s responsibility to maintain.

Well-maintained nature strips can improve the aesthetics of the city’s streetscapes, and contribute to the individuality of each street. Whilst nature strips and footpaths form part of the roadway, and are owned by Council, they are traditionally maintained by residents, and Council encourages people to “take ownership” of these spaces. As a result, a growing number of residents are replanting or redesigning their nature strips to reflect their personal style, and enhance the kerb appeal of their homes.

Council encourages residents to take ownership of their verge areas and boundary strips as we agree that this certainly enhances our streetscapes and the kerb appeal of residences throughout the City.

Verge Approvals

Council is also responsible for managing risk associated with any plantings or developments, and therefore it is necessary we approve plant species, design specifications and materials to be used to ensure they are appropriate and will not present a risk to the community.

It is also important for us to obtain agreement from residents to maintain these plantings appropriately to ensure they won’t interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

Although we are pleased for residents to undertake plantings of this nature, we discourage the construction of retaining walls of any kind as we have found these can present as a trip hazard to pedestrians. 

If you would like to plant out your nature strip, download the application form to the right of this page.

For additional information and Frequently Asked Questions on Nature Strip please see our Nature Strip Fact Sheet. 

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