The Town of Victoria Park has introduced Adopt-A-Verge rebate program

Rowena Skinner of Carlisle at work on her verge garden.
Rowena Skinner of Carlisle at work on her verge garden.

IN an effort to bring vegetation, native wildlife and a neighbourly spirit back to the suburbs of busy Victoria Park, the Town has announced an Adopt-a-Verge rebate program.

Using water-wise practices, residential property owners may be eligible for up to $500 to transform the verge between the road and house into a garden with mainly native plants, promoting biodiversity and encouraging a shared connection with neighbours.

The Victoria Park Transition Network suggested the idea, a modified version of a successful program operating in the City of Vincent, to the Town’s Community Environmental Working Group.

Group community representative Rowena Skinner said there were many advantages to the program, especially as trees and greenery continued to disappear throughout suburbia, native animals retreated due to a lack of safe habitats and neighbours were less inclined to meet each other.

Based on a subsidy of $500 per property, a budget of $20,000 would allow 40 verges to be subsidised during the pilot program which will be reviewed after the first six months or once $10,000 is spent.