Nature Strip Maintenance
Nature strips contribute significantly to the streetscape of Camden. They can provide biodiversity value, act to soften built structures in urbanised areas and assist with providing shade and green spaces.
A nature strip is any Council owned/controlled land/structure located between a constructed road and a parcel of private property but does not include land reserved for a public purpose or bushland. This includes but is not limited to:
- Garden areas;
- Grassed areas;
- Street verges;
- Steps and paths that service private property (gate leads);
- Retaining walls; and
- Private stormwater and service connections.
While Council owns and controls nature strips, we do not have the physical or financial resources to maintain the vast majority. Council therefore relies on residents to maintain those areas adjoining their property.
Residents and property owners are encouraged to mow nature strips regularly, maintaining them neat and tidy. It is recognised that some residents may appoint a contractor to undertake this work for them.
Synthetic turf is a surface of synthetic fibres made to look like natural turf. The use of synthetic turf for nature strips in the Camden LGA is not supported, as it may cause a range of problems and maintenance issues, such as:
- Reducing water infiltration and increasing water runoff into our stormwater systems;
- Causing damage to street trees from a reduction in soil health, reduced water and air infiltration and damage to roots during installation;
- Increasing the radiant heat of the streetscape;
- Obstructing access to services located within the nature strip;
- Looks untidy when not maintained;
- It can be a trip hazard and safety issue if it becomes dislodged; and
- Shedding of microplastics into the stormwater system.
Council is not responsible for repairing any damage or replacing synthetic turf on the nature strip.
Similarly, utility companies, that supply water, gas, electricity and telecommunications, may require access to the nature strip to perform maintenance work. Utility companies are not required to repair nature strips that have been landscaped to include treatments other than natural turf.