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Have your say on your nature strip

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Have your say on your nature strip

Devonport residents can have their say on what they want their nature strips to look like, through the Devonport City Council’s latest Speak Up Devonport community consultation.

Devonport Mayor Annette Rockliff encouraged members of the community to check out the proposed policy, which seeks to improve the management of nature strips and clarify Council’s expectations of property owners concerning the maintenance of nature strips.

Cr Rockliff said the proposed policy allows residents to plant trees, shrubs, grass, flowering or edible plants, undertake minor landscaping or replace grass with mulch or synthetic grass.

“Council is keen for community feedback on what ideas residents might have for their nature strips,” Cr Rockliff said.

“All suggestions will be considered and if appropriate, changes will be made to the policy before it’s officially adopted.

“While most nature strips are grassed, there are others that have varying extents of planting and hard landscaping, and we’ve also seen some that boast veggie gardens.”

Cr Rockliff said the new policy provides property owners with flexibility to enhance the nature strip to their taste.

“There are some requirements that property owners have to take into account, such as not being able to plant or install anything that creates a safety hazard for motorists or pedestrians, or is likely to impact utility assets,” Cr Rockliff said.

“And items planted or installed by a property owner must not occupy the space on the nature strip required for a foot path, bin collection or car door opening.”

Cr Rockliff said Council maintains avenues of street trees in nature strips as well as garden beds in high profile areas. 

“The proposed policy allows Council to undertake a risk assessment on a nature strip and direct the property owner to undertake work to address an identified risk,” Cr Rockliff said

“If a property owner fails to follow a direction made by Council regarding a nature strip, Council may undertake work and may seek to recover costs from the property owner.

“While there are some practical guidelines, Council is really keen to see what different ideas are submitted during this 30-day community consultation period.”

The Nature Strip Policy is available via Council’s Speak Up Devonport webpage at https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/council/get-involved/speak-up-devonport/

A hard copy of the policy can be downloaded from the website or contact Council’s Customer Service team for a printed version at council@devonport.tas.gov.au or call (03) 6424 0511. The survey will close at 5pm on Monday, 6 June 2022. 

 

Media contact: Tahnia Creedon | Communications and Engagement Officer | Devonport City Council | 03 6424 0562 | tcreedon@devonport.tas.gov.au