Verges Maintenance

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Consultation has concluded

Background

Verge maintenance is a contentious issue in the City, with little clarity on what the obligations are from both residents and the City. In most local government authorities (LGAs), verges are generally maintained by the property owner living adjacent to the verge.

The City undertook a formal review of Parks and Environmental Services in June 2019, with Council resolving to endorse the proposed service standards for verge management for the purposes of community consultation. The purpose of the community consultation was to seek community feedback on the current verge maintenance service (what can be improved and current satisfaction levels) and promote verge maintenance and encourage residents to consider maintaining their own verge.

Engagement Activities & Promotion

The survey was supported by an integrated marketing campaign, with the survey available on the City's online engagement platform and distributed City-wide via letterbox drop. The survey was promoted on the City's social media platfrom and had one ad placement in the Echo Newspaper.

The survey was popular with 625 submissions recieved. The key findings were that 89.6% maintain their own verge, with 40.7% dissatisfied with the standard of verges.

Outcome

Community feedback closed in October 2019 and is currently being analysed which will help determine the City's levels of service for verge maintenance in the 2020/21 season. A report will be prepared for Council's consideration at an upcoming council meeting by mid-2020.


Background

Verge maintenance is a contentious issue in the City, with little clarity on what the obligations are from both residents and the City. In most local government authorities (LGAs), verges are generally maintained by the property owner living adjacent to the verge.

The City undertook a formal review of Parks and Environmental Services in June 2019, with Council resolving to endorse the proposed service standards for verge management for the purposes of community consultation. The purpose of the community consultation was to seek community feedback on the current verge maintenance service (what can be improved and current satisfaction levels) and promote verge maintenance and encourage residents to consider maintaining their own verge.

Engagement Activities & Promotion

The survey was supported by an integrated marketing campaign, with the survey available on the City's online engagement platform and distributed City-wide via letterbox drop. The survey was promoted on the City's social media platfrom and had one ad placement in the Echo Newspaper.

The survey was popular with 625 submissions recieved. The key findings were that 89.6% maintain their own verge, with 40.7% dissatisfied with the standard of verges.

Outcome

Community feedback closed in October 2019 and is currently being analysed which will help determine the City's levels of service for verge maintenance in the 2020/21 season. A report will be prepared for Council's consideration at an upcoming council meeting by mid-2020.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The Verge refers to the strip of land between the road and any house, retail outlet, community hall or facility, park or sporting reserve, creek, or drain or other land boundary.
    Typically, residential verges are maintained by the adjoining house owner.

    The City of Kalamunda sometimes undertakes mowing on unmaintained residential verges to ensure there are no visibility risks or obstructions to adjacent roads and footpaths. Long grass and weeds are either slasher mowed or sprayed to reduce the fire danger. This maintenance occurs up to two times per year.

    Some residential landowners prefer to manage their own verge to a higher standard than the basic service level provided by the City.

    The purpose of this survey is to obtain community feedback on the current service level for verge maintenance in the City. Your feedback is valued as it will help the City to set a verge maintenance standard that provides an adequate service at a sustainable price.

    This survey is three pages and should take 10 minutes to complete.

    Comments close 5pm Monday 7 October 2019
    Consultation has concluded
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