Parking on Nature Strips in Canberra?

niknak 31 July 2011 26

As it states, folks.

Is it okay to park on your neighbour’s nature strip (or verge)?


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26 Responses to Parking on Nature Strips in Canberra?
vg vg 8:00 pm 08 Aug 11

“I have never seen a parking ticket on a car parked on a nature strip”

Bully for you. I’ve seen a ton, I win

Becw Becw 7:31 pm 08 Aug 11

It all depends on your neighbours. In my street, we share nature strips to park on and we even share our driveways! If your going to park on the strip outside your neighbours place, you should ask them if this is ok. That is, if you haven’t already got a deal going on. 🙂

astrojax astrojax 8:15 am 06 Aug 11

curlylocks said :

If the driveway is full then yes. And common sense prevails do not park on a nature strip on a corner like I have seen loads of people do.
And if the street is wide enough also.

no! this is the kind of arrogance that pisses people off – oh, i want to drive over there but thee are these pesky yellow lines and other traffic, oh well, bugger them; or i need to go to that shop so i’ll double park out the front ’cause i want to…

no again, it is illegal and so don’t do it. if the parking where you want is full, go to the next nearest not-full parking, suck it up, and go from tnere – not ‘park were you want’. see the courtesy posters in another thread…

Innovation Innovation 8:04 pm 05 Aug 11

edee said :

No parking at all on the Nature Strips.

Refer to Parks and City Services:

So what! I have never seen a parking ticket on a car parked on a nature strip. I think the authorities usually only act on complaints and, if someone complains, I understand that owners usually get a caution first and all that’s probably achieved is that it creates tensions with neighbours. Also, although rangers deal with most nature strip breaches, only parking ops deal with registered vehicles on nature strips. If these two groups worked together, and didn’t bother giving warnings first, a drive around any suburb would be a quick revenue raiser.

edee edee 3:17 pm 05 Aug 11

No parking at all on the Nature Strips.

Refer to Parks and City Services:

AG Canberra AG Canberra 1:55 pm 01 Aug 11

We had this issue in a rental in Dwakin – workers were parking on our nature strip as there weren’t enough parks in Deakin West.

Some of the tactics employed by the residents of our group house included:
A catcher full of mower clippings and a bit of water from the hose on one car
The sprinkler set up right beside the drivers door and turned on as he approached his car
Random dirt and dust spread over a car (including vacuum contents)
Vaseline on the door handle
Prawn shells inside the grill

We were bored students with way too much time on our hands but it did solve the problem – we think word got around that our place was not the place to park in front of…

PrinceOfAles PrinceOfAles 9:03 am 01 Aug 11

Is it O.K for your neighbours dog to shit on your lawn?

vg vg 10:01 pm 31 Jul 11

Tell the problem child you actually own your property out to the street edge and you bought the nature strip and, if they park their again, you will assume the car and all property within is being given to you to treat as you wish

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 9:46 pm 31 Jul 11

Illegal. If you ring TAMS, they will come. Of course, this will do wonders for your relationship with your neighbours… We live in a quiet back street, and planned for visitor parking off street… Our neighbours (with several drivers) did not – and frequently park right in the middle of our nature strip, parking the trailer in. You should plan for each resident in your house who drives (or is likely to in the future) to have a spot. I would also not be precious about ‘your’ nature strip; and DO NOT spend undue time or money landscaping it; assume people will park there – and then you won’t be so upset…

54-11 54-11 9:01 pm 31 Jul 11

We used to have a tosser next door that would straddle our nature strips with his 4WD. What goes round always comes round. Sooner or later, karma catches up with people like that.

niknak niknak 7:20 pm 31 Jul 11

Time for a chat with the yoof next door, methinks.

taninaus taninaus 2:29 pm 31 Jul 11

besides all the legal reasons others have quoted – it is just rude. Regardless that it is technically Government property, they have purchased the right to occupy and use (albeit with some restrictions) the land up to the road way. Parking there without their consent is not the right thing to do.

Henry82 Henry82 2:26 pm 31 Jul 11

*IF* you get caught, you’ll get a fine – irrespective of who’s nature strip it is.

You’re more likely to get reported if you park on someone elses strip

trevar trevar 1:18 pm 31 Jul 11

As what states?

I’m originally from the Western suburbs of Sydney, where parking on someone else’s nature strip is the second most inconsiderate thing possible. The most inconsiderate thing possible is for a member of a Ford family to park their Falcon on the nature strip of a Holden family, or vice-versa.

The same applies in Canberra, but for different reasons. Whereas in Western Sydney we don’t park on our neighbour’s nature strip because it would prevent them from parking there and possibly insult their sense of identity; in Canberra you don’t park on your neighbour’s nature strip because your neighbour is not unlikely to be an uptight tosser and apart from thinking that nature strips are for growing things on, could probably also cite a dozen pieces of legislation prohibiting you from doing so.

Which, to my way of thinking, is a good enough reason for parking on their nature strip.

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 1:01 pm 31 Jul 11

What’s wrong with yours?

capn_pugwash capn_pugwash 11:42 am 31 Jul 11
capn_pugwash capn_pugwash 11:40 am 31 Jul 11

a google search has provided the following info – in short the nature strip outside your house does not belong to you and cannot be used for parking. You are also responsible for maintaining it. If someone else parks there then that’s there problem, and if they block the footpath, road etc could be booked for it.

screaming banshee screaming banshee 11:28 am 31 Jul 11

Is riot-act your neighbour? Perhaps you should ask them.

Is it okay to have sex with your neighbour’s wife?? Why??

Balthazar Balthazar 11:09 am 31 Jul 11

It is not okay to park on any nature strip. Your own or your neighbour’s.

This is the link to the rules.

I LOATH with a passion people who do this as they destroy the nature strip and make for an ugly environment.

jake555 jake555 10:57 am 31 Jul 11

Okay? Not sure.

Technically it may belong to the Government, depending on where it is exactly.

It’s a case by case thing I guess, but if that strip forms part of their front garden, (whether it actually belongs to them or not) it may be deemed intrusive.

Also – see previous RiotACT thread here:

And ACT Govt leaflet here:
(which indicates you can’t park or store any vehicle on a nature strip)

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