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You mow it, now you can landscape on your nature strip

David Smith agrees with mayor Gerard O’Connell’s statements that residents should be able to plant gardens on the nature strips in front of properties.
David Smith agrees with mayor Gerard O’Connell’s statements that residents should be able to plant gardens on the nature strips in front of properties. Alistair Brightman

YOU already mow your nature strip, now the Fraser Coast Regional Council is encouraging you to make it your own by doing some landscaping.

Following the Australian Capital Territory's policy change allowing residents to grow plants outside their homes, Mayor Gerard O'Connell wants the council to adopt a similar mentality for thousands of properties across the region.

Cr O'Connell said he would encourage people to plant small shrubs and food bushes outside their properties.

"I think that's good - there's quite an understanding with homeowners and in urban areas that they (nature strips) are very much the management and the maintenance of the homeowner," he said.

"We have some fantastic home gardeners - it would add to the environment and the general look of the place."

The nature-strip plant plan has drawn praise from Maryborough Horticultural Society president David Smith, who has been planting and pruning for more than 60 years.

"(Gardening) gives you an excuse to get outside and do something," he said.

"It gives you a sense of well-being - it (nature-strip planting) is probably a good idea."

Heritage councillor and environmentalist George Seymour wants us to become the nation's best garden city.

"It would add a great deal of life and character to the streetscape to have native plants and food plants - we should be encouraging a gardening culture in the community," he said.

"As long as there are guidelines to ensure road safety and allow pedestrian access - we should be using our road reserves to become the new garden city."

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There is an understanding that while the council owns nature strips, homeowners are expected to maintain them

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