Were you aware that the land between your letter box and the street kerb is most likely Council land and as such is under the control of Local Laws? Even though you may be expected to maintain the area by mowing the grass and maintaining the edges, it still remains Council land.
Local Laws say that you should not park on this area of Council controlled land so theoretically many residents who park their family cars there owing to the narrow nature of many of the streets where we live, are in fact contravening Local Laws and could be subject to a fine. Usually common sense prevails.
The humble ‘street tree’ is also Council owned and is subject to Local Laws. You are legally unable to do anything to that tree, you can’t prune it or remove it.
The general rule is that unless the case is quite severe, Council won’t react until either a complaint has been lodged by a resident or a Council worker spots something out of the ordinary.
So if you have a problem with a street tree BeCA suggests you catch up with the Bellvista Gardening team who are in the area most week days and ask them to have a look at the problem. The team will then do their best to solve the problem for you as far as they can, or advise you on what action you can take.
Regretfully, as the estate was developed and trees were planted by the developer as required by Council, their selection of what tree to plant where could have been decided by cost rather than what was in the best interest of the community. This explains why wattles were planted along the fencelines in Bellvista Blvd between Dumbarton Drive and Stornaway Avenue. Wattles are extremely dangerous in fire situations and to plant them beside or overhanging fences does not appear to be a responsible decision.
The cost of replacing the wattles is quite a large expense so Council keeps them trimmed and replaces them as required with more appropriate species. Concerned residents should contact Council if the wattles become a nuisance on their property.
In most cases Council responds to complaints lodged by residents. Again, common sense should say approaching Council is a last resort after you have discussed any situation with a neighbour and should not be an instant knee jerk reaction. A formal complaint to Council could possibly exacerbate a situation rather than solve it; but it may be the only way available to proceed in an extreme case.
The Bellvista Gardening team are a great resource for the community and their involvement and knowledge on issues relating to parks and gardens is crucial.