What is a verge?
A verge is the area between the edge of the road and the boundary of a property.
Verges are Crown land (owned by the Government) and are under the management of the City.
Vital services and public infrastructure may be located on verges such as:
- Street lighting
- Underground utilities, including:
- Phone cables.
residential verge maintenance
Residents within the City are responsible for maintaining the verge in front of their property. If the property is located on a corner, verge maintenance includes any side verges.
In the event that residents are either unable or not prepared to mow their verge, the City will perform a limited amount of verge maintenance. Please note:
- This service includes slashing long grass and weeds prior to the onset of the summer fire season
- This is a cursory service and not regular maintenance
- Verges that are improved with reticulation or landscaping are excluded from this service.
For more information, please view the City's Street Verges Policy.
Waterwise Native Verge Program (CloSED - will re-open in May 2023)
The City of Bayswater is offering a waterwise greening program to help residents create their own waterwise verge gardens. Planting your verge with waterwise plants has many benefits, but most importantly, it helps improve local water quality, reduces water use, helps increase biodiversity and beautifies our neighbourhoods. So why not unleash your inner green thumb and get involved?
This initiative is proudly co-funded by Water Corporation’s ‘Waterwise Greening Scheme’ and forms part of our ambition for the City of Bayswater to be a leading waterwise and climate change resilient community.
As part of our Waterwise Native Verge Program, property owners can:
- Apply for a rebate to assist with the creation of a waterwise verge garden. (CLOSED)
The City is offering property owners a rebate of up to $250 (for verges smaller than 80m2) or up to $500 (for verges larger than 80m2) to assist with improving their verge this winter season. Funds will be granted to eligible applications on a 'first come, first serve' basis until the pool of funding is exhausted. More information and eligibility criteria can be found at the bottom of this page.
- Purchase 10 local native plants at a subsidised price through our Plants to Residents program (SOLD OUT)
Apply for a rebate
Verge Greening Guidelines
Best Practice Examples of Waterwise Native Verges
In recent years residents have created amazing waterwise native verges. Below are some great examples for inspiration. The City has installed two demonstration verges as well to assist residents in designing their native verge.
Demonstration Native Waterwise Verge - Challenger Avenue, Morley (Arbor Park)
Demonstration Native Waterwise Verge - Bellevue Street, Bayswater (Riverside Garden)