Sustainable streets

Council's Sustainable Streets program has been suspended, as part of Council's Coronavirus response. 

Council is taking this immediate action to protect community, staff and essential services.

Find more information about Council's Coronavirus response here

Verges, also known as nature strips, are important areas of public land that can provide many local environmental benefits and help create more liveable spaces. The Sustainable Streets Program has provided a process of collaboration with the community to create, manage and maintain nature strip gardens and has seen more sustainable streetscapes emerge.

Park Rd Marrickville verge garden

Figure 1: Park Road, Marrickville—verge garden before and after

Currently only residents who live in the former Marrickville Council area can access this program.

The program encourages residents to take some ownership for the area adjacent to their property boundaries by working with Council to implement local environmental improvements. The following options are available:

  1. Converting grass verges to nature-strip gardens. Where residents wish to convert grass nature strip to garden, Council can help with removing the grass and preparing the soil. This service is free of charge.
  2. Adopt-a-nature-strip garden. Where residents wish to adopt an existing verge garden, Council can offer practical assistance and advise based on the physical conditions of the site and individual needs.
  3. The whole-of-street approach works with community champions and activated neighbourhood groups that are able to achieve a minimum 50% opt-in rate to participate in the Sustainable Streets program and agree to maintain street gardens.
  4. A fee-for-service is available whereby new gardens are cut out from concrete, this suits individual households who are focused on improving their property frontage. 

For more information regarding sustainable streets and converting verges into nature strip gardens, contact

Neville St Marrickville verge before garden

Figure 2: Neville Street, Marrickville—verge garden before and after

Tamar Marrickville before verge garden

Figure 3: Tamar Street, Marrickville—verge garden before and after

Have a look at this video to see some guidelines and see a verge garden makeover project.

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Page last updated: 10 Jul 2020