Nature strips and verges

Verges, also known as nature strips, are important areas of public land that have the potential to provide ecosystem services and help create more liveable spaces.

Streetscape maintenance cycles

Council maintains our streets on a full time basis, with a combination of staff and contractors. At the Council meeting on 25 June 2019, new harmonised service standards for the Inner West were adopted. The new standards are as follows:

  • Street sweeping of main streets is undertaken seven days per week
  • Street sweeping of residential streets is undertaken on a 40 working day cycle
  • Verge maintenance (mowing) is undertaken on a 20 working day cycle from November to March and 40 working day cycle from April to October.

If the verge has not been maintained according to the verge maintenance cycle, please contact Council using the online request management system:

Roadside mowing enquiry

No Mow Program

Residents may request that the verge adjacent to their property is not mowed by Council. The process to opt out of the verge mowing is as follows:

  • The owner of the residence that the verge is adjacent to must contact Council via email council@innerwest.nsw.gov.au, telephone 02 9392 5000 or in person at a Customer Service Centre requesting to be placed on the 'no mow program' or by clearly indicating that they wish to maintain the verge themselves.
  • The perimeter of the verge site will be marked by Council with a small 'no mow' logo on the footpath or kerb
  • The verge site will be added to the 'no mow' program log and maintenance of the verge is undertaken by the resident
  • If, in the future, the resident changes their mind, they can request Council to be taken off the 'no mow program'. Council will then recommence maintaining the mowing of this verge.

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Page last updated: 01 Apr 2020