Slashing and Mowing
Council applies a number of factors to determine what, when, how and where grass is mown or slashed. Factors include ownership and management control, safety risks and park environments.
Council will make an assessment of risk for reported mowing or slashing concerns raised through the Online Services or the customer services centre on 1300 005 872.
Generally, mowing or slashing is concentrated in the October to May time period depending on seasonal factors and available resources.
Council will generally only slash or mow footpaths in urban areas when adjacent to Council owned or managed land. The responsibility to mow grass and maintain nature strips in urban areas between the kerb and property boundary remains within the property owner.
From time-to-time, approaches to townships may be slashed or mowed to a different standard as deemed appropriate by Council.
Most sealed rural and residential roads will generally be slashed approximately twice per year, to a width of one or two slasher passes where the road, drainage infrastructure and vegetation allows. High risk areas such as intersections and designated bus stops will generally be slashed more regularly where a safety risk is apparent.
Dependent on the traffic volumes, practicality and road safety, Council may at times also slash some rural unsealed gravel roads.
The frequency of slashing may be increased or decreased based on the aforementioned measures and resource availability. For the purpose of improved road safety, certain locations, such as intersections on gravel roads, may be slashed more regularly.
Council has no obligation to maintain unmade road reserves, and generally will not undertake any maintenance such as slashing, tree removal, hazard reduction burning or weed control, etc. in such road reserves.
Council focuses its efforts on parks so that they are mowed on a regular basis, programmed according to the season to facilitate active recreation and provide amenity.