Verge program expanded
THE Town of Victoria is increasing its efforts to ‘green’ local streets by expanding its Adopt-a-Verge program.
The move comes after Water Corporation Sue Murphy said grassed verges wasted water and more residents should look at waterwise alternatives.
At the August 9 meeting, councillors agreed to expand the program, which encourages residents to apply to undertake works to verges adjacent to their properties.
Since the program began in November 2014, the Town has received 35 applications and given out 28 approvals, with 16 rebates of $500 given out.
The council encourages participants to use native plants and to not use irrigation, apart from trickle or drip systems, among other requirements.
There is about $10,000 left from the original allocation of $20,000 and it is understood once this money has been spent, more will be invested into the program.
Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the program would be expanded with more funding and additional advertising to assist in raising community awareness.
Mr Vaughan said he was supportive of Mrs Murphy’s comments about ripping up grassed verges for “less thirsty alternatives” because irrigated lawn required high water use in comparison to a well-designed, waterwise verge landscape.
“The Town is committed to educating the community about its Adopt-A-Verge program while acknowledging not all residents like the idea of landscaping their adjacent verge,” he said.
“Participants are taking up the waterwise solutions – the Town has developed documents to assist in delivering waterwise solutions and principles.”
Mr Vaughan said he believed there were a number of benefits to the Adopt-a-Verge program, including greening streets and increasing biodiversity.