Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

THE re­ported call for house own­ers to rip up their verges and plant na­tive or wa­ter-wise plants and so forth is a good idea.

How­ever, the verge be­longs to the lo­cal coun­cil or shire.

Many peo­ple have made their verge ar­eas wa­ter-wise, only for the coun­cils to warn house own­ers that they have to re­move the hard stand, ar­ti­fi­cial turf and so forth be­cause of safety fears.

Coun­cils are afraid that if some­one falls or tips on the verge then the coun­cil will be sued.

Un­der the verges there are ca­bles, wa­ter and gas pipes. All may need to be re­paired and th­ese util­i­ties’ ser­vices never re­turn the verge to its orig­i­nal con­di­tion when the work is done.

If coun­cils want home own­ers to rip up the lawn and in­stall na­ture and wa­ter-sav­ing plants, then they need to change/amend their by­laws to stop any con­fu­sion.

Plant­ing wa­ter-wise veg­e­ta­tion is not as sim­ple as say­ing we should do it. Name and ad­dress sup­plied.

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