Council has a duty of care to ensure that footpaths, nature strips and dividing strips are safe for residents and pedestrians.
Parking on a footpath, nature strip or dividing strip is illegal. An Infringement Notice can also be issued to a vehicle parked in a private driveway if the vehicle is protruding onto the footpath.
While we understand that residents sometimes park on the nature strip because they feel it is safer than parking on the road; footpaths, nature strips and dividing strips are constructed for pedestrian traffic only, they are not designed to carry vehicles.
Parking on nature strips (completely or partially) is not only a breach of the road rules, but it can also create problems such as damage to:
- the nature strip surface
- trees and root systems
- kerb and channel
- house drain connections
- other underground services.
This Road Rule applies even if the nature strip surface has been changed to a permeable surface, such as granitic sand, Lilydale topping, other gravel or similar graded material.
We appreciate our residents who take the time to mow the grass and water the trees on their nature strip.