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Postie riding on my lawn

By jimmy1 17 August 2012 39

We recently landscaped our yard and had turf laid on our front verge/nature strip as part of the project.

The work was all planned with a letter box built into a wall on the front boundary and paving coming off the driveway for the sole purpose of giving Australia Post easy access.

Unfortunately, the Postie would rather launch his motor bike over various low obstacles/jumps and carve some furrows in our new lawn.

As I am at work when they come I have not caught them in the act and my polite request at the post office has had no effect.

Does anyone have an idea for stopping Postie lawn vandalism?

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GordonResidential 7:49 am 23 Aug 12

Talk to Aus Post again. Complaining here won’t do much. N

bikhet 8:15 pm 20 Aug 12

HenryBG said :

I guess your confusion highlights the reason we need laws in the first place: some people just can’t figure out how to do the right thing without being told.

Just like the laws about drink-driving?

Wraith 6:29 pm 20 Aug 12

HenryBG said :

AG Canberra said :

Just looked at the form we are all supposed to complete to ‘develop’ a nature strip.

Management of Land by Applicant
20. The area shall be managed by the Applicant in an orderly and safe manner. When vacated it should be left in a clean and tidy condition and reinstated with topsoil and grass to the satisfaction of the Territory and at no expense to the Territory.
21. Any damage to grassed surfaces, footpaths, kerbs and gutters, trees, irrigation systems or any other installations or services contained within the unleased land must be fully restored by the Applicant, to the complete satisfaction of the Territory and at no expense to the Territory.

Does anyone know anybody that has turfed their nature strip (when selling up) to satisfy this requirement?

Who determins who caused what damage? What about approved street trees causing damage to footpaths?

Is this a joke?

Seems perfectly straightforward to me: it’s not your land. You want to do something with it, apply for permission. When you’ve finished, put it back the way it was before you started. Nothing could be simpler.

I guess your confusion highlights the reason we need laws in the first place: some people just can’t figure out how to do the right thing without being told.

Geez you crack me up…

AG Canberra 6:00 pm 20 Aug 12

Thanks for your input Henry. Insightful and helpful.

My point was that I am unaware of anyone ever actually returning their nature strip to fresh grass upon selling (if the grass wasn’t there when they sold).

I have lived here for more than 40 years and have never heard of this being enforced. Has it ever been?

HenryBG 5:44 pm 20 Aug 12

AG Canberra said :

Just looked at the form we are all supposed to complete to ‘develop’ a nature strip.

Management of Land by Applicant
20. The area shall be managed by the Applicant in an orderly and safe manner. When vacated it should be left in a clean and tidy condition and reinstated with topsoil and grass to the satisfaction of the Territory and at no expense to the Territory.
21. Any damage to grassed surfaces, footpaths, kerbs and gutters, trees, irrigation systems or any other installations or services contained within the unleased land must be fully restored by the Applicant, to the complete satisfaction of the Territory and at no expense to the Territory.

Does anyone know anybody that has turfed their nature strip (when selling up) to satisfy this requirement?

Who determins who caused what damage? What about approved street trees causing damage to footpaths?

Is this a joke?

Seems perfectly straightforward to me: it’s not your land. You want to do something with it, apply for permission. When you’ve finished, put it back the way it was before you started. Nothing could be simpler.

I guess your confusion highlights the reason we need laws in the first place: some people just can’t figure out how to do the right thing without being told.

G-Fresh 5:27 pm 20 Aug 12

photos or it didn’t happen.

AG Canberra 4:56 pm 20 Aug 12

Just looked at the form we are all supposed to complete to ‘develop’ a nature strip.

Management of Land by Applicant
20. The area shall be managed by the Applicant in an orderly and safe manner. When vacated it should be left in a clean and tidy condition and reinstated with topsoil and grass to the satisfaction of the Territory and at no expense to the Territory.
21. Any damage to grassed surfaces, footpaths, kerbs and gutters, trees, irrigation systems or any other installations or services contained within the unleased land must be fully restored by the Applicant, to the complete satisfaction of the Territory and at no expense to the Territory.

Does anyone know anybody that has turfed their nature strip (when selling up) to satisfy this requirement?

Who determins who caused what damage? What about approved street trees causing damage to footpaths?

Is this a joke?

Bluenomi 4:27 pm 20 Aug 12

You’re overlooking the easiest option, stop getting mail! So much better for the environment as well 😉

bugmenot 9:13 am 20 Aug 12

jimmy1 said :

The postie trap description and crash videos will help sooth my embittered heart as I file away the Canturf invoice and grieve for all those long lost landscaping dollars.

Did you try the lodging an online complaint using the auspost web form?
https://contactus.auspost.com.au/app/ask#email

Generally someone should respond in 1-2 days & it is harder to ignore/”lose” than a letter.

Mysteryman 9:08 am 20 Aug 12

Two words:

Stop strips.

JC 7:40 am 20 Aug 12

Nightshade said :

JC said :

Just remember that the nature strip is not yours, so really the postie is well within their rights to ride on your nice new lawn rightly or wrongly.

There is definitely potential for conflict when residents are expected to look after the nature strip in front of their house, despite it not being their land, but the public is allowed to wreck their efforts with impunity. Why would anyone bother to do more than the bare minimum?

You can do both. Out front of my place I have a nice lawn and the postie rides on it without any damage.

I guess the issue with the OP is it is all nice and new and maybe a bit soft, so the answer of course is to put up a sting line until such time as the canturf has taken root, after which a daily ride by the postie will have SFA effect. Quite simple really.

DJ Mac 2:53 pm 18 Aug 12

Jimmy1
As you said “As I am at work when they come I have not caught them in the act and my polite request at the post office has had no effect.”

How do you know it’s the postie not some local kid on a motorbike?

kakosi 1:06 pm 18 Aug 12

I had a postie who liked to kick over my full garbage bins in my driveway on “garbage days” because it “interfered” with him taking a short cut from my letterbox to the next letterbox inside the boundary of the house next door.

For starters the bins were legally placed where they are supposed to be placed for pick up and nowhere near my letter box. I caught him doing it one day and he had the nerve to swear at me and say it “served me right for getting in his way”.

I wrote a letter to Australia Post and six weeks later wrote another letter and three months later wrote another letter and finally was told that the postie had moved to another suburb but they hadn’t spoken to him about his behaviour.

I’m thinking he moved to YOUR suburb 🙂

Stevian 12:37 pm 18 Aug 12

p1 said :

A single strand of razor wire, stretched tight at neck height, electrified and attached to anti-personnel mines.

Ah, the subtle approach

You cant beat the classics

rosscoact 11:34 am 18 Aug 12

jimmy1 said :

The postie trap description and crash videos will help sooth my embittered heart as I file away the Canturf invoice and grieve for all those long lost landscaping dollars.

If paying to beautify the ACT government’s land the biggest mistake you ever make then you’re doing pretty good in the bigger picture

farnarkler 10:58 am 18 Aug 12

Ever seen the movie ‘Tremors’? Then you know what to get.

Nightshade 10:35 am 18 Aug 12

JC said :

Just remember that the nature strip is not yours, so really the postie is well within their rights to ride on your nice new lawn rightly or wrongly.

There is definitely potential for conflict when residents are expected to look after the nature strip in front of their house, despite it not being their land, but the public is allowed to wreck their efforts with impunity. Why would anyone bother to do more than the bare minimum?

Spiral 9:56 am 18 Aug 12

Youy are getting of lightly.

I know someone who demolished the stone retaining wall at the front of their place, dug out a flat place to park their van and built a new wooden retaining wall around the new flat area.

Only told be told that as it was government land and they didn’t have approval, please return it to how it was. Or else!

Cost them a fortune.

Rangi 9:46 am 18 Aug 12

Fancy wanting to have a nice front yard, you low life bastard, you should volunteer yourself to be horse whipped in the centre of the city for even thinking such things

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