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Back to nature

CITY of Hobart residents will no longer have to apply for permission to use and maintain their residential nature strips, opening the door for new and creative uses of the space.

Automatic maintenance of residential nature strips will cease on 20 January, with the City of Hobart to complete currently scheduled quarterly services by the end of March.

The maintenance service will remain available for residents who are unable to care for their own nature strips.

New Town’s Robyn Clark has turned her nature strip into a home for native plants and is encouraging others to join in.

She submitted an application and plan back in 2020 and now has a thriving garden, enjoyed by the whole neighbourhood.

“I didn’t really want a lawn on the nature strip,” Ms Clark said.

“I found that it is more cumbersome to look after, you’ve got to fertilise it, water it and cut it in between the council cutting it, so I really wanted to plant some kind of natural garden.

“I was inspired by a native garden nearby and the work the council has done with their landscaping.

“I wanted a garden that would be self-sufficient when I went away as I travel regularly and need something that would look after itself.

“It has been great for me, and it creates a lot of conversation when I’m out there pottering.”

Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said the change brings the City of Hobart into line with the management practices of many other local councils across Australia.

“We encourage residents with nature strips to get creative and, if possible, use this extra space to enhance their neighbourhoods,” Cr Reynolds said.

“Instead of having to apply and submit a plan on how they will use their nature strips, residents can dive in and get busy.

“But it is important to stress the end of automatic maintenance is not the end of this service – maintenance will still be provided to those who cannot manage their nature strips, with the council ready and willing to assist those who need help.”

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