Poisoning road verges not the way to go
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.