Benalla Ensign

Council seeks feedback on nature strip policy

- Haveyoursa­y. benalla.vic.gov.au/naturestri­p-guidelines

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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