Pensioner told to remove rocks from verge

Delores Meredith says rocks protect her reticulation. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitynews.com.au d491788
Delores Meredith says rocks protect her reticulation. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitynews.com.au d491788

AN Alexander Heights pensioner has been told to remove three rocks from her verge because they create a safety hazard.

Resident Delores Meredith said the City of Wanneroo had told her to remove the rocks after receiving a complaint.

“The rocks were placed there to stop trucks parking on the verge and regularly breaking reticulation pipes and sprinklers,” she said.

“Having a reticulation specialist come out to replace broken pipes and sprinklers is cost prohibitive – I am on a pension and cannot afford these ongoing costs.

“Concrete surrounds on sprinklers didn’t stop them – over the past 25 years I’ve placed signs on the verge, flags on the verge, pickets with flags next to the sprinklers and all were stolen.

“The rocks have worked.

“Why do my three rocks that do not block visibility or constitute a danger to pedestrians or road traffic or prohibit access to the verge by cars have to be removed?

“City of Wanneroo says nothing should be on the verge – what about cars and trucks, skip bins, bus stop, real estate and street signs, annual verge collections of white goods and green waste, many of which block visibility and access.”

The City’s community and place director Debbie Terelinck said if the verge was obstructed in contravention of the local laws, rangers would respond and require the obstruction to be removed.

“Loose materials, fencing, rocks and walls are not permitted on a property’s nature strip because these materials create safety hazards for motorists and pedestrians,” she said.

“For example, a car may need to swerve off the road and onto a verge in order to avoid a small child or other pedestrian or cyclist on the road.

“Rangers are working with the resident to find a solution to prevent trucks damaging her sprinklers.”

Read verge treatment guidelines

Ms Terelinck said the local law allowed lawns and plants if clear visibility was maintained.

The law said if there was no footpath, planting was permitted provided a pedestrian had safe and clear access of a minimum width of 2m along that part of the verge immediately adjacent to the kerb.

Planting should not include a wall or built structure, and not be thorny, poisonous or hazardous nature.

“The verge can be lawfully used for many other temporary purposes such as bulk rubbish collections, directional signage and deliveries,” Ms Terelinck said.

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