Nature Strips

What is a nature strip or verge area?

A nature strip or verge is the strip of land between the footpath or walkway and the kerb.


Who owns it?

Nature strips are classified as public land as the Local Government Act provides that a road extends from property boundary to property boundary and includes the carriageway, footpaths and nature strips.


What is it?

The main purpose of the nature strip (verge area) is to provide for the provision of services and utilities and safe pedestrian access.

Where conditions are appropriate, the City of Marion encourages residents to take care of and beautify their verge area. To assist, Council provides the following services.


Weed control service

Council operates a city wide weed control service for verge areas. Spraying is undertaken three to four times a year. A No Spray Register is maintained for residents who choose not to have the verge sprayed and are willing to maintain the area themselves.

Council will treat any verges where declared pest plants have been identified. A common pest plant found on verges is Caltrop (3 Cornered Jack) which will be treated on both a programmed and reactive basis and will be undertaken regardless of a specification on the No Spray Register.

If the area is not maintained by the residents, Council reserves the right to remove all vegetation and maintain the area as part of the weed control program.


Street trees

Street trees planted by Council will be pruned to ensure they don't impede street lights and signs and as required by its maintenance standards according to Street Tree Audit data.


Verge treatments

The following verge treatments ARE permitted:

The following verge treatments are NOT permitted:


What can Council supply for verges ?

To assist residents to beautify their verge area Council can supply the following:



When any development of a verge is altered or removed by the activity of a service authority, reinstatement will be subject to negotiation between the property owner and that service authority. 

Where a Council activity or operation alters or removes a conforming verge development, Council will endeavour to restore the verge to a reasonable standard.


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