Street gardens get a Thumbs up!

Moreton Bay Regional Council has given the thumbs up to local residents wishing to green their local streets with edible gardens, small shrubs and flowers.

Council spokesperson for Parks and Recreation Councillor Darren Grimwade made the announcement at council’s coordination committee meeting on November 21 following growing community support for a new council policy to permit street gardens across the region.

“Council’s new policy is all about building stronger, healthier and more connected communities where local residents can plant small shrubs, vegetable gardens and compact fruit trees out the front of their property,” Cr Grimwade said.

“In my local area, residents have been asking for council to partner with them in a new vision for our region which encourages edible gardens, native plants and grassed areas in street verge areas.

Cr Grimwade said before submitting an application, council encouraged local residents to discuss their plans with their neighbours, and check out the guidelines on council’s website.

“This is a great way to build stronger communities, beautify our local areas and enhance community pride right across our local neighbourhoods,” Cr Grimwade said.

The new policy includes restrictions on height, materials to be used, and prohibits encroachment on footpaths and roadways to ensure pedestrian and motorist safety.

Councillor Grimwade said local residents can visit council’s website to check out the new guidelines.

“The guide will give you an idea of what you’ll need to consider such as site suitability, safety, the types of plants or vegetables, and maintenance requirements,” Cr Grimwade said.

“Whether it’s a veggie patch or flower garden, the guide sets the standard for verge gardens in the region and how we can ensure residents and neighbours work together to green-up their local streets.”

For more information, to download a copy of the guide or lodge an application visit www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/verge-planting  or phone 3205 0555.