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Naturestrip planting

Naturestrip planting

The naturestrip is the land between your property boundary and the road kerb. This land is owned by Council but residents and property owners are encouraged to care for their naturestrip area. 

You must keep the naturestrip tidy (mowing, weeding). You cannot change a naturestrip without Council approval. 

Landscaping guidelines for naturestrips

In suburban streets, landscaping is restricted to planting additional street tree and/or low ground-cover plants. These must not:

  • block vehicle and pedestrian vision
  • restrict pedestrian access
  • cause any public safety hazards. 

You will need to apply to Council for approval, and provide a plan of the proposed works and public liability insurance details. Please call Council on 1300 88 22 33 for further information. 

Indigenous plantings

We recommend planting indigenous plant species where possible. See an Indigenous Flora List and our page on Indigenous gardens.

Approval of naturestrip landscaping

Your proposed naturestrip works need to be described in a plan and submitted to Council for approval prior to work commencing. 

The plan must clearly show all site features including:

  • street furniture
  • signage
  • footpaths and utility services i.e. electricity, water, sewage, stormwater drainage, gas and telecommunications, both overhead and underground. 

These features must be incorporated into the landscape design so that there is no interference to them and access to them is not restricted. 

In some instances, neighbours will need to be contacted to inform them of the proposed works and to allow for their comments. 

Consider the impact of the landscaping

All proposed works should consider the impact of the landscaping on the existing Council and utility services infrastructure, such as:

  • potential damage to underground services by supporting tree stakes
  • the projected growth of existing trees
  • roots that may block drains and disrupt telecommunication services
  • tree branches that can interfere with street lights and overhead power lines
  • trees that may restrict roadside visibility and obstruct footpaths.

Prohibited features

  • Sprinkler systems: To promote water conservation and overcome maintenance problems, the use of in-ground sprinkler systems is discouraged, but approval may be considered.
  • Hard landscaping: It is prohibited to use landscaping features such as railway sleepers or rocks
  • Construction: No letterboxes, gate pillars or fences are permitted.
  • Car parks: Formal or informal car parks are not allowed.
  • Problem plants: Plant species which are known to cause problems due to invasive roots, sharp spikes or leaves, suckering growth habit, identified bushland invaders or allergic, poisonous or weed species will not be approved.
  • Changing levels such as changing soil levels, creating mounds or excavating holes is prohibited.

Before landscaping begins

Council will specify correct clearance distances from overhead power and telecommunications lines, as well as the correct planting clearances from:

  • intersecting roads
  • adjoining properties
  • driveways
  • power poles
  • signs
  • other street furniture. 

The owner/occupier is responsible for:

  • Locating services: Contact Dial Before You Dig on 1100 for location of existing service details.
  • Public liability insurance: The appropriate insurance should be arranged by the owner/occupier, as determined by Council’s Risk Manager.

While landscaping is under way:

  • Damage to services: If services are suspected of being damaged, the relevant utility provider and Council must be notified immediately, to ensure public safety and the early resumption of services.
  • Disruption costs: If there is any damage to utility services, the owner/occupier may be liable for costs arising from claims by affected customers. Public liability insurance may be recommended.
  • Safety fencing: Where applicable, the 'worksite' should be signed and barricaded to ensure public safety.
  • Public safety and access: Council’s requirements for public safety and access must be complied with. Consider the effect on neighbouring properties, access to bus stops, and access for people with disabilities or children in prams.

After landscaping

  • Maintenance: The ongoing maintenance of the naturestrip and landscaping will be the responsibility of the owner/occupier.
  • Authority: Council and other public service providers have the right to prune, modify or remove any landscaping at any time (without obligation, compensation or reinstatement to the owner/occupier) to ensure the continuing provision of their services to the community.
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