Res­i­dent up­set at verge gar­den changes

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Tyler Brown

KINGS­LEY res­i­dent Marie Hahn says she was “dev­as­tated” af­ter work­ers re­moved stones from her front verge and re­placed them with mulch ear­lier this month.

Over the past six years, the 78-year-old re­tired school deputy prin­ci­pal has made her Rene­gade Way front verge into a com­mu­nity gar­den where peo­ple could pick herbs, chill­ies and veg­eta­bles.

Two years ago, Mrs Hahn re­ceived a cau­tion no­tice from the City of Joon­dalup re­quest­ing she re­move the gar­den beds and gravel stones to avoid an in­fringe­ment.

But com­mu­nity op­po­si­tion saw the no­tice with­drawn.

Two years later, on May 10, two se­nior of­fi­cers from the City vis­ited Mrs Hahn’s home to “dis­cuss ways the City could work col­lab­o­ra­tively to mod­ify her verge treat­ment whilst re­tain­ing its com­mu­nity gar­den el­e­ments”.

Mayor Troy Pickard said Mrs Hahn agreed to the works the City pro­posed, “which in­cluded re­mov­ing thorny rose bushes, prun­ing prickly cac­tus bushes, re­lo­cat­ing river stone gravel into her prop­erty, sink­ing planter boxes into the verge and pro­vid­ing a mulch fin­ish”.

“Mrs Hahn was in­formed this would be com­pleted by a hor­ti­cul­ture team from the City as soon as pos­si­ble and the works were un­der­taken on May 12,” he said.

He said Mrs Hahn helped the City’s hor­ti­cul­ture team with these works.

Mrs Hahn said she was shocked when she saw work­ers at her home at 8am on May 12 and be­lieved the City wanted to get the work done quickly be­fore com­mu­nity protest.

But what she was most up­set about was the re­moval of her stones and weed mat­ting, which was not put back down, and the ad­di­tion of mulch, which she said was not thick enough to pre­vent weeds.

She said she planned to ask the City to re­move the mulch.

The works cost $2222.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d439998

Marie Hahn is dev­as­tated the City of Joon­dalup has put down mulch on her verge gar­den.

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