Action on overgrown nature strips
From 1 February 2015, Monash Council has the authority to issue fines to property owners who refuse to maintain the nature strip at the front of their property.
The nature strip measure is included in a new Local Law which covers many matters to do with improving and protecting the appearance and safety of local neighbourhoods.
Several residents have encouraged Council to introduce this local law as they feel that overgrown nature strips spoil the appearance of local streets.
About 67% of the approximately 300 Monash residents who participated in a recent survey (or gave feedback via letters, email or phone calls) supported the introduction of the $200 fine.
Fines will only be used as a last resort, when the grass is higher than 30cm and the property owners have ignored two previous Council requests to mow the nature strip. People who are not physically and financially able to maintain the nature strip won't be fined and will instead receive assistance to maintain the nature strip.
The measure is part of Local Law No.3 - Community Amenity, which came into effect on 1 February 2015.