Mulch ado about wa­ter

North Coast Times - - NEWS - Lucy Jarvis

RE­DUCED wa­ter vol­umes for ir­ri­gat­ing pub­lic spa­ces and a lack of land­scap­ing were raised by mem­bers of the Two Rocks Yanchep Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion re­cently.

City of Wan­neroo em­ploy­ees Grant Chet­tle­burgh and Chelsea Timms were guest speak­ers at the June 25 meet­ing, pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion about how the City man­ages pub­lic open spa­ces and road verges.

Re­spond­ing to res­i­dents’ con­cerns that lawns and gar­den beds were be­ing re­placed with mulch, Mr Chet­tle­burgh said that was to re­duce wa­ter re­quired for ir­ri­ga­tion.

He said the City had li­cences to use up to 7500kL of ground wa­ter a month to wa­ter parks in sub­urbs south of But­ler and 6750kL in sub­urbs far­ther north.

Mr Chet­tle­burgh said the City fo­cused on ir­ri­gat­ing ac­tive open spa­ces, such as ovals, rather than verges and round­abouts, and was al­lowed to ir­ri­gate streetscapes for only two years to al­low plants to es­tab­lish.

“We don’t have enough wa­ter to ir­ri­gate those ar­eas,” he said.

Mr Chet­tle­burgh said the State Gov­ern­ment would con­tinue to re­duce the City’s wa­ter al­lo­ca­tions and the City had a re­spon­si­bil­ity to look for more ef­fec­tive ways to ir­ri­gate open spa­ces.

“We need to drought proof our City,” he said.

Ms Timms said her team as­sessed, ap­proved and man­aged all de­vel­oper funded pub­lic spa­ces, with most main­tained by de­vel­op­ers for at least two years as part of their plan­ning ap­proval.

She said all de­vel­op­ments had to have at least 10 per cent pub­lic open space, with most in the City hav­ing be­tween 13 and 15 per cent, and de­vel­op­ers were re­quired to in­stall bins in all parks.

The City plants about 3000 trees a year.

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