Your say on your nature strip
Nature strips are areas of public land that lie between the boundary of private property and the road kerb. They soften and enhance the streetscape by providing a ‘green’ zone and buffer between pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
They also provide opportunities to enhance habitat and urban biodiversity through the planting of mixed shrubs and groundcovers, particularly when these species are indigenous. It is increasingly recognised that many small areas of mixed planting can have a valuable, cumulative effect on species biodiversity in heavily urbanised environments.
Nature strip planting allows residents to:
- improve biodiversity opportunities
- increase the aesthetics of the neighbourhood
- reduce the urban heat effect in their local area, and
- participate in a healthy activity that can increase neighbourhood connections.
Our current Nature Strip Planting Guidelines were first endorsed in 2019. We want to make it easier for community members to plant in nature strips, but over the last four years, feedback from the community has suggested the guidelines are too restrictive making it hard to successfully apply for a permit.
We have now updated the Guidelines based on this feedback to maximise the opportunities for residents to landscape their nature strips, while still ensuring appropriate safety provisions are kept.
You can see a list of the proposed changes and a copy of the draft Nature Strip Planting Guidelines Update in the Document list opposite.
This survey is now closed. Your feedback will help finalise the Guidelines Update and inform Council’s decision to formally adopt them later this year.