A nature strip or roadside verge is the strip of land between your property boundary and the adjacent roadway.
Nature strips form part of the road reserve and may include footpaths, street furniture, trees and vegetation. They add to the ambience and amenity of the area and provide a natural setting. They are also a space for Council and other authorities to house infrastructure such as water, sewer, gas, electricity, telecommunications and drainage pipes.
You should maintain your nature strip by regular mowing, edging turf, weeding and picking up litter. Council does not carry out maintenance of residential nature strips.
You may need permission from Council if you are intending to undertake any works on your nature strip such as:
- the planting or removal of trees or vegetation
- constructing a new driveway
- excavation works and building construction
- temporary storage of materials
Unapproved works or alterations to the nature strip may result in limiting access and/or causing damage.
Most works undertaken on the nature strip/roadside verge (other than tree planting) generally require an Asset Protection Permit.
Development of a Nature Strip Policy
Earlier this year we invited feedback on a new draft policy that proposes to allow residents to beautify their nature strips in keeping with new Council guidelines.
This consultation closed in February and the policy was considered at the Ordinary Council Meeting in May. Further review was required and is it due to go to Ordinary Council Meeting again on August 28. View the meeting minutes.
The final policy will be provided soon.
If there is an issue with a nature strip such as holes, trees requiring inspection or the need for utility service works, you can report an issue online or contact us on (03) 5422 0333.