In line with the objectives of the guidelines, we must ensure that modifications do not have a detrimental impact on the environment.

Current approach

The use of synthetic grass and compacted sand/crushed rock [across the entire nature strip] are having negative impacts on tree health, storm water management and urban cooling.

These impacts include heating the soil, not allowing it to breathe, limiting water absorption and increasing run-off, compacting roots and contributing to urban heat.

Proposed approach

Synthetic grass will no longer be allowed, while compacted sand/crushed rock will be limited to use in conjunction with planting (as shown below).

Existing installations with a valid permit can remain in place while Council works to establish and implement a replacement program that provides a reasonable outcome for all parties.