Weed and Grass Management

Council manages a moderate budget for the management of weeds and grass throughout the municipality. 

Weed management

Budget allocations allow for select activities to be carried out in a cost effective way to meet the critical demands of weed management at seasonal peaks rather than all weeds eradicated as they arise.

The roads within the municipality are managed in three distinct areas with differing requirements: Rural roads, urban roads and CBD.

Rural roads

Rural Road weed spraying is carried out ahead of the country road slashing program. Road verges are sprayed around December; a minimum of three weeks before slashing commences to allow a satisfactory kill of grass before the bulk of the plant is removed in the slashing program. This is a single annual application with follow up only where spray has been ineffective.

Urban streets

Urban streets are sprayed in December/January on an annual basis which is effective for the majority of footpaths. An additional spray of problem areas is then conducted where weed growth is more prolific. This may be up to 5% of the network.

These two areas are programmed to follow spring rain and the heavy growth associated with seasonal conditions and provides the most favourably economic approach to weed management.

CBD and commercial areas

The CBD and other commercial zones are frequently spot sprayed to maintain control of weeds in these heavily patronised areas.

Public open spaces

The majority of Public Open Spaces with large open grass areas including sports grounds are sprayed for broadleaf weeds during spring in the months of September to November. Budget capacity allows for minimal follow up spray and this program fulfils most weed management requirements on these surfaces.

Other minor plantations and the like around buildings and feature gardens in parks receive regular attention year round as needed.

Ongoing spot spray occurs along river and stream banks, walking tracks, car parks, cemeteries and bushland areas throughout the year and in appropriate season. This includes attention to environmental weeds like blackberry, gorse, broom thistles and cumbungi among others.

In addition, Council provides limited support to community groups who provide weed management activity in some areas outside Council responsibility where no other resources are deployed. e.g. coastal reserves.

Weed management is a continual process where an alignment of timely application, budget constraint and community expectation are negotiated in a fluctuating environmental framework.

Grass management

Service level mowing frequencies are devised to provide a resource management framework consistent with the outcomes required by the majority of users. All reserve types are identified and prescribed a mowing frequency. For example, Oakleigh Park and Hilder Parade are classified as level 1 reserves.

All reserves are scheduled with mowing frequencies generally as follows but may be temporarily amended on a ground by ground basis to achieve reasonable seasonal efficiencies or to better facilitate community events:

Level

Summer Cut
(nominal 6 months)

Winter Cut
(nominal 6 months)

cuts
(per year)

1

Weekly

Fortnightly

39

2

Fortnightly

Monthly

19

3

Monthly

Monthly

12

4

Bi-Monthly

Tri-Monthly

5

5

Once per year, subject to fire fuel reduction needs

1

Download Council's maintenance schedule maps.