Nature Strips in Gungahlin

avengerness 18 December 2010 29

I have a small and simple message, but one I am hoping will be heard since apparently, going the appropriate channels means nothing.

I am a suburb of Gungahlin resident. We recently received a letter about news updates in the area and one of the messages was about maintaining your own nature strip.

Well, this is all well and good LDA, except that NONE of the nature strips excepting on major roads were ever established. None of them were cleared of excess dirt, weeds and planted with grass seeds, so what do you want us to maintain then? Do you want us to maintain weeds? Honestly, if that is the case I’ll leave them alone since its the best way to maintain a weed. But if you want the nature strips to look presentable, at least clean them up and put down seed so the residents have a chance to start with.

It is just disgusting considering our rates are paying for what exactly?


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spinact spinact 8:44 pm 20 Dec 10

Self-sown trees? You could end up with a nice privot forest if you’re not careful.

EvanJames EvanJames 5:27 pm 20 Dec 10

I’ve had surprising luck with that cheap $10 grass seed you buy in Cheap Shops, Brunnings brand. With all the rain, you just wait til it’s raining and scatter it about.

then, dig up a few self-sown trees you see everywhere and bung them in. Grow a nice forest.

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 11:54 am 20 Dec 10

We work our verge and are proud of it! If anyone wants to know the process/costs/rules/agreements/plan requirements/where to submit plans/etc or even take a look at our planted out and landscaped verge, drop me a line, and we will be more than happy and proud to have you around to show off our verge.

Eh CeeJ maybe you could start a verge restoration business for all the namby pamby whingeing Canberrans who want the guvmnt to do every little thing for them at no cost? Oh wait a minute, not a good business model, trying to get business from whingers who are too lazy to get off their backsides and do it themselves, and don’t want to pay for someone else to do it for them. OK, back to the drawing board.

Ceej1973 Ceej1973 12:58 am 20 Dec 10

We work our verge and are proud of it! If anyone wants to know the process/costs/rules/agreements/plan requirements/where to submit plans/etc or even take a look at our planted out and landscaped verge, drop me a line, and we will be more than happy and proud to have you around to show off our verge.

screaming banshee screaming banshee 11:33 pm 19 Dec 10

Sigh, you appear to have missed my point/s avengerness so I’ll spell it out for you.

1. Stop referring to ‘the council’, we dont have a council in the ACT and every time you blame ‘the council’ I laugh so hard I see little point in making a sensible contribution. If you are referring to the gungahlin community council, then they are merely a representative body that lobbies the govt put public facilities and so forth in gungahlin, they didn’t leave any dirt anywhere. Which brings me to 2.

2. The people who did leave the dirt there were the developers, now I don’t know who your developer was, which is why I suggested looking into the paperwork from when you bought the property. Now it doesn’t really matter whether it was the LDA or a private concern, as either way when you contact them they are going to tell you to suck it up because;
a, they dont care and;
b, you bought the property with the dirt there so its your problem now

3. Without knowing where you are, and I don’t expect you want to give that information up which I wouldn’t blame you, its difficult to know how exactly to explain to you that it is your responsibility but it is your responsiblity, which is what the newsletter from I suspect GCC was trying to tell you….back me up here Al I know you’ve pulled your hair out over this one!

Now, you’ve stated that you are happy to do along the fence at your own expense yet you have an application with ‘the council’ on the side of your house on your side of the path to put granite down, so which is it? Are you prepared to pay or do you want it for free?

So it would appear you have two options, fork out to get the excess dirt removed then put whatever you like down, or wait for someone else to do it for you.

Now if your entitled to have ‘the council’ look after it and have lodged your application then I’m sure it will be seen to in due course. Now before you arc up about how long it should take, know that it takes that long because of the amount of funds available and that if you wanted everything 10 times as fast / 10 times more convenient etc you would have to pay 10 times as much in rates, after all every dollar you pay in rates isn’t specifically for landscaping of nature strips.

So you can either cover the cost yourself to have it done now, or wait for someone else to do it all the while leaving your part of the neighbourhood looking like a shithole….your choice.

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 9:06 pm 19 Dec 10

I don’t remember all that detail being included in the original post.
Btw why does the last post keep appearing as a quote in the reply box?

Eby Eby 6:51 pm 19 Dec 10

Again…. not read correctly….. I HAVE contacted the council and due to the ONLY feedback being this recent newsletter, I decided to make a public comment.

I ALSO already stated that I DO have an application in with the council for the 18m nature strip running up the side of my house on my side of the footpath to put granite down. I would prefer that to grass, so am happy to take care of it.

So no, you haven’t got it right, I have no problems with the front or the side along my fence (all at my own expense) but not the part that is on the other side of the path, down the side of the house where the exact same area on the main road IS taken care of by council for other residents.

Possibly people aren’t reading it right because they’re overwhelmed by all the LOUD words.

avengerness avengerness 4:53 pm 19 Dec 10

Again…. not read correctly….. I HAVE contacted the council and due to the ONLY feedback being this recent newsletter, I decided to make a public comment.

I ALSO already stated that I DO have an application in with the council for the 18m nature strip running up the side of my house on my side of the footpath to put granite down. I would prefer that to grass, so am happy to take care of it.

So no, you haven’t got it right, I have no problems with the front or the side along my fence (all at my own expense) but not the part that is on the other side of the path, down the side of the house where the exact same area on the main road IS taken care of by council for other residents.

screaming banshee screaming banshee 4:43 pm 19 Dec 10

I’m sorry everyone has been so rude to you avengerness, it should be quite simple to have all this sorted out.

All you need to do is find your ‘TAX INVOICE’ from THE COUNCIL when you purchased your land. I’m sure this document should have all the contact details you need to get in touch with THE COUNCIL to have this matter corrected for you.

Lets get this straight, you are happy to look after the bit at the front of your house, but not the bit down the side?…on a corner block?

churl churl 2:06 pm 19 Dec 10

“… This recent letter states that I am responsible for the nature strip not only along the front and along my fence all the way up the side of my house (where I have had an application in to granite with TAMS for 1 year now), but I am also apparently responsible for the OTHER side of the path up the side of my house

sorry, I cant picture this

avengerness avengerness 12:34 pm 19 Dec 10

“Lawn rage!

Gosh, the pioneers of this country would have been seething because a tiny strip of land that they did not own had not been graded, mulched, fertilised and sown with a suitable (eco friendly) grass seed, and then maintained at public expense.

If nature strips cause you heartburn, you are one of the most privileged people on the planet, not to mention in human history.

Do something about it, shut up and/or get a grip.”

Breda, Breda….. the argument about our pioneers is ridiculous, seriously, it appears I am not the one that needs to get a grip.
Second of all I said absolutely NOTHING about mulching, fertilising, eco friendly anything OR maintaining. My point was the crap they left behind, and the lack of establishment was the issue. I also said I AM HAPPY TO MAINTAIN IT!
For crying out loud, if your going to be rude, at least have the courtesy to read the first comment properly the first time.
BTW, No, I am not privileged, I am a hard working person who was blessed enough to be able to get a house in the ACT, and both I and every other resident is being ordered via this newsletter by the government to clean up land that isn’t mine and was never actually taken care of in the first place. No newsletter… no rant, I would have just continued the application process.

Why are so many people continually accepting of the growing obligation on the population to take care of what the government owns, gets paid for and throws responsibility back onto us for???

avengerness avengerness 11:53 am 19 Dec 10

This has nothing to do with being lazy. I have no problem (As I said to start with) maintaining a verge… The fact is, I DID landscape the front nature strip with granite and a native garden bed and have ZERO grass on my land as I wanted to be water conscious, therefore I DO NOT have a flipping lawn mower. Not everyone wants lawn.

This recent letter states that I am responsible for the nature strip not only along the front and along my fence all the way up the side of my house (where I have had an application in to granite with TAMS for 1 year now), but I am also apparently responsible for the OTHER side of the path up the saide of my house and THAT is what I object to when NOTHING was established and it is hip high in flaming weeds!!! And when the area is 3m x 16m and I can’t do anything with it or on it!

I wrote to TAMS to say I was happy to landscape that area too though, with ground covers etc as I do not have lawn but that I wanted assistance (since my rates SHOULD cover that) just to help pick up the crap left there after the suburb was established. I have already used round-up on all the weeds, again at my own expense, and I believe they should clear the mound of dirt THE COUNCIL bleeding left there (was there when I moved in and I am the first land holder). Otherwise, quotes to clean it up, have topped $1000, not just an easy mow job with a magical damn mower I don’t have nor want SINCE I LANDSCAPED TO NOT HAVE ONE!

So, before people start calling names and being belligerent, have a damn think about it, some of us are TRYING to do the right thing and are asking for a small helping hand, since the issue bothers them enough to put it in a damn suburb wide newsletter!

beejay76 beejay76 9:12 am 19 Dec 10

Bit of a problem out in Gungahlin – people living in their luxury mctownhouse with an overgrown nature strip although a perfect garden inside the tiny courtyard.

Actually, around Franklin often the garden is also hideously overgrown. There are so many brand-spanking-new massive houses with five-foot-high Patterson’s Curse in the garden. Classy.

breda breda 8:13 am 19 Dec 10

Lawn rage!

Gosh, the pioneers of this country would have been seething because a tiny strip of land that they did not own had not been graded, mulched, fertilised and sown with a suitable (eco friendly) grass seed, and then maintained at public expense.

If nature strips cause you heartburn, you are one of the most privileged people on the planet, not to mention in human history.

Do something about it, shut up and/or get a grip.

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 12:50 am 19 Dec 10

Used to be you planted your own grass, or you could apply for permission to do something other than grass (as long as it met guidelines with regard to things like pedestrian safety and vehicle visibility). There are more important things I want my rates to pay for than other people’s nature strips. Is the tiny bit of additional land which is technically nature strip and not front garden really too much for some people? Personally I appreciate having the option of planting your own choice of ornamental grasses and groundcovers which enhance your home’s street appeal and avoid the need for mowing. I’m hoping this complaint is a joke.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:22 am 19 Dec 10

Back in the day we took matters into our own hand when established our garden in Nicholls and planted a native garden tolerant to drought. Even six years after we left the place is still looking great.

Take a leaf out of vg’s book you lazy so and so, haha.

rogerthat rogerthat 10:54 pm 18 Dec 10

If my assclown neighbours would stop using my naturestrip as a parking lot when they have their fifteen drunken mates over every second night I too could have a naturestrip to be proud of.

Special G Special G 10:15 pm 18 Dec 10

Bit of a problem out in Gungahlin – people living in their luxury mctownhouse with an overgrown nature strip although a perfect garden inside the tiny courtyard.

In the ACT the naturestrip out the front of your house is your responsibility. Get off your lazy butt and do something about it. Dry your eyes princess.

WonderfulWorld WonderfulWorld 8:50 pm 18 Dec 10

Maintaining the nature strip has been a fact of life in Canberra – since forever. I bought a house with no nature strip, but do have a horrible gum I can not remove.

Over the years, I have realised if I like the nature strip and it is well maintained, then the property owners care and respect there homes as well. It has become an extended part of their houses.

JC JC 8:22 pm 18 Dec 10

If it is a new estate it is the DEVELOPER not the government that would establish the nature strip and any plants on the nature strip. After that you will find that it is a land lease condition that the lease holder maintains the strip. So if your wasn’t done right then complain to/about the developer not the government.

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