Nature strips, park maintenance and fireweed

With a wet end to spring and recent summer storms, the weeds have been popping up in parks and open spaces, verges and gardens throughout Crace and across Canberra.
The ACT Government is reminding residents that it is their responsibility to maintain their nature strips (verges). “It is accepted practice in the ACT that maintenance of the nature strip (verge), excluding street trees, is undertaken by the resident or lessee of the adjoining leased land,” TaMS Northside Operations Manager Patrick Nolan said. So with the summer holidays here, now is a good opportunity to spend a little time weeding, mowing your verge and making your home looking its best.
When working on your verge please be on the lookout for Madagascan Fireweed, a small multi-stemmed daisy-like plant with bright yellow flowers that have 13 petals. The weed is highly invasive and is toxic to horses and grazing livestock. Residents are urged to report Fireweed to Canberra Connect  on 13 22 81 or by logging on to Fix My Street website at www.canberraconnect.act.gov.au/app/forms/fixmystreet. Residents may remove this weed themselves but should wear gloves as it can irritate the skin. Also double bag the weed when disposing of it to ensure it is not spread further.
Information on TaMS maintenance of public parks and open spaces has been requested from TaMS, but has not yet been provided to the Crace Community Facilitator. However, if you have any questions or concerns regarding the standard of maintenance of public parks and open spaces in Crace these can be directed to TaMS via Canberra Connect 13 22 81 or by logging on to Fix My Street website: www.canberraconnect.act.gov.au/app/forms/fixmystreet

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