Town of Bassendean may amend verge treatment policy


Jody Saxon (left), Emma Slavin and Jamie Dmden transforming a verge in Ashfield.
Jody Saxon (left), Emma Slavin and Jamie Dmden transforming a verge in Ashfield.

VERGE Transformation Network clients could be able to avoid the council approval processes if the Town of Bassendean amends its Verge Treatment and Maintenance policy.

The network was developed last year after a series of workshops run by One World Centre showed residents believed that verges were an integral part of the town and a valuable shared public space that should be enriched.

Since its start, the group has completed nine transformations with more than 60 email requests from Bassendean residents, schools and community centres to transform their verge spaces.

The council this week moved to have a formal report drawn up to investigate the possibility of amending its current policy, enabling residents to plant verge gardens without the requirement of a formal application as long as they were in compliance with the permissible verge treatment information sheet, a policy the City of Bayswater has already adopted.

“The current approval system takes up to 10 working days and requires a sketched plan with proposed plants list. This pre-work can discourage some people from getting started with a transformation,” Verge Transformation Project coordinator Lisa Last said.

“I am pleased with the outcome from council meeting as it is a move in the right direction and I do understand that these things follow a due process.”