Council seeks feedback on nature strip policy
What rules and regulations would you like to see regarding Benalla’s nature strips?
More fruit trees? Perhaps you like the idea of maintenance-free pebbles? Maybe you’re a good old-fashioned lawn type of person?
Now is the time to let Benalla Rural City Council know what you would like to see included in the nature strip policy it is currently developing.
With a growing population, the number of properties in the rural city is increasing.
A council spokesperson said its aim was to ensure all residents had a safe place to live and play.
“Many Victorian councils prepare nature strip policies to ensure all municipalities provide a consistent service standard, in line with state regulations, relevant to their individual community needs,” the spokesperson said.
Benalla Rural City Council’s Nature Strip Policy will cover issues for landowners highlighting who is responsible for maintaining a nature strip, checklist for planting requirements, how to select plants and a recommended species list, and any local law requirements around non-compliance.
The new guidelines aim to increase the safety and liveability of the rural city for community members of all ages and abilities.
The policy will apply to all urban areas within Benalla Rural City. It will not apply to roads in rural areas, which are covered by the Roadside Management Plan.
“Consultation with our wider rural city community is a vital part of the process – all feedback, suggestions and input is warmly welcomed,” the spokesperson said.
Benalla Rural City’s current position is that tree planting and maintenance is at the discretion of council.
No private person or company currently has the authority to engage in works or alterations on nature strips.
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