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New life for nature strips

Moonee Valley could become a little more colourful after a decision to allow residents to personalise their nature strips.

Council has formally adopted the Nature Strip Landscaping Policy which means residents can now steer away from traditional grass nature strips and choose a range of alternative plantings.

This could include native grasses, shrubs, ground covers or even raised planter boxes that could be used as a nature strip vegie garden.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr Narelle Sharpe said nature strips play an important role in enhancing local streets.

“Nature strips contribute to the character of our neighbourhoods, but the traditional grassed strip with a tree in the centre is not for everyone,” Cr Sharpe said.

“We know that residents are keen to look at other options like planter boxes, which not only allow people to grow their own produce, but can be a great way to get to know your neighbours.”

Residents need to be aware that utilities will still need to gain access to infrastructure underneath the nature strip, and emergency services will need to gain access to the road.

Be sure to check full details of what you can plant on your nature strip on our Local Laws page.

Sauce: Moonee Valley Council

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