Resident upset at verge garden changes
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But community opposition saw the notice withdrawn.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.
Marie Hahn is devastated the City of Joondalup has put down mulch on her verge garden.