Poi­son­ing road verges not the way to go

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters - Ca­role Peters, Mar­garet River

Loss of nat­u­ral veg­e­ta­tion ground cov­ers on road­side verges is hap­pen­ing in this re­gion, as well as in other parts of the State.

Slash­ing re­sults in weed re­growth.

Poi­son then be­comes the an­swer. The ques­tion should be:

How can we re­tain low-level, nat­u­ral veg­e­ta­tion along road­sides, to curb weed growth and to beau­tify the re­gion?

The ar­gu­ment that “fire trucks re­quire turn­ing spa­ces in case of bush­fire” does not stand up to scru­tiny when th­ese jumbo-tyre fire trucks can sim­ply drive over ground cov­ers when nec­es­sary.

Walk­ers and bike rid­ers wel­come a green zone be­tween path and road, as was orig­i­nally in place on recre­ation trails such as the Wall­cliffe Road path­way from Caves Road to the beach.

Land­scape plan­ning with safety, wildlife habi­tat, shade and beauty in mind can over­come many per­ceived prob­lems.

Poi­son can no longer be seen as a so­lu­tion. Poi­son is def­i­nitely part of the prob­lem.

On a pos­i­tive note, con­grat­u­la­tions to the Shire of Au­gusta-Mar­garet River for the ex­ten­sive plant­ing along­side the path­way on Wall­cliffe Road from town to Caves Road.

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