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To: The Mayor and Councillors of the City of Greater Geelong
Allow Verge Gardens in Geelong
We, the undersigned, call on you to revise those sections of General Local Law 2005 that apply to nature strip planting, so that it becomes possible for residents to plant low-growing, edible and non-edible plants on their nature strip with no permit requirements.
We acknowledge that ‘common sense’ guidelines should apply - that gardens must be safe, must not obstruct foot or vehicle traffic, must allow for the opening car doors and must receive regular care and maintenance. However, we ask that all guidelines are sensible and support the environmental and community benefits to be gained from curb-sides that feed, enrich and connect neighbours.
Why is this important?
Curb-side planting of low growing, edible and decorative plants enhances household sustainability, builds community and enriches both people and neighbourhoods.
As Costa Georgiadis, the host of Gardening Australia says:
“It is not just about food for humans, verge gardens grow habitat for birds and insects and provide a home for the pollinators and ecosystem supporters that look after us and our food plants as well. And above all else, they build and grow connections and community.”
How it will be delivered
This petition will be hand delivered to Council by the Geelong Sustainability Group.