What is a nature strip?
The nature strip is the land between your property boundary and the road kerb (excluding the footpath, driveways, utility pits and fire hydrants). You cannot change a nature strip without our approval.
Who looks after nature strips?
We own the nature strip but it is the responsibility of the resident or landowner to maintain it by:
- removing rubbish, fallen leaves, sticks and tree bark
- trimming edges.
Other assets on a nature strip are maintained according to the table below.
|Street trees||Council aborist|
|Garden beds (developer installed)||Developer until it is handed over to Council|
|Utilities (such as street lights, utility pits, fire hydrants)||Utility provider|
If the nature strip outside your property is not kept safe and tidy, you may be asked to fix the issue. If you do not take action as requested, you may be liable for a fine or be required to pay to restore the nature strip to good condition.
Report an overgrown or dangerous nature strip
Use our online service request form to report a nature strip that has long grass, is not being looked after, or is dangerous.
Apply for a permit to make changes to a nature strip
You can make changes to a nature strip (such as planting a garden) if:
- the proposed changes are in line with our nature strip policy guidelines, and
- we have issued a permit for works.
A permit will allow you to change the nature strip by putting in:
- a permeable surface (like mulch or gravel)
- approved garden beds.
Note: you cannot remove or change your street tree. Contact our arborist on 1300 787 624 to discuss any issues you have with street trees.