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City's guidelines on the verge of greatness

Posted on September 01, 2017
The City of Bayswater's red tape busting verge garden policy has been praised as the most enlightened in Australia by the Sunshine Coast's Urban Food StreetTM group.

Urban Food Street's founders, Caroline Kemp and Duncan McNaught, together with gardening champion and Gardening Australia presenter Costa Georgiadis, met with the City's Mayor and Councillors this week, (Thursday, 31 August), to present them with a certificate of recognition for being "Australia's most progressive and forward thinking verge gardening municipality."

Caroline and Duncan were in Perth to give a talk at The RISE in Maylands to a booked out audience on food producing verges and the Urban Food Street story.

Mayor Barry McKenna said the City's verge policy was introduced to reduce bureaucracy, and encourage residents to care for their verges and turn them into productive gardens.

"It is great to get this kind of recognition for our policy from those who are recognised nationally and internationally as leading advocates for verge gardens," he said.

"Our verge policy provides residents with simple, common sense guidelines that remove all of the red tape around using verges in a productive way.

"Verge gardens help green our city and can bring local communities together as streetscapes are transformed.

"Getting residents involved in verge gardening is a great way to increase quality green space and that supports our Garden City ethos."

The City's verge guidelines promote the creation of native, water wise and edible garden verges with minimal rules and fuss.

The City's verge garden guidelines can be found via the dedicated tree page on the City of Bayswater's web site: http://www.bayswater.wa.gov.au/trees

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