Footpath gardens can help beautify our streetscapes, make walking more appealing for pedestrians and reduce the amount of grass to be maintained. If footpath gardens are not planted to our requirements, they can cause issues by restricting pedestrian movement, reducing visibility for car drivers and becoming an expensive maintenance issue for Council.

For these reasons we have strict requirements for footpath gardens. The following these points have been taken from Local Law 1.1.

The footpath garden must:

  • be aesthetically pleasing and sympathetic with the image of the local government area
  • not include plants that are poisonous or have thorns
  • be a maximum of 500 mm off the property boundary
  • need to allow for a 3 metre cycleway or 2.5 metre footpath
  • need to contain an annual flowering plant or ground cover
  • be no higher than 750 mm

You must:

  • determine the location of infrastructure and services, which may be affected by the construction of the footpath garden
  • promptly reinstate the footpath to its former condition if you decide to no longer maintain a footpath garden

A list of appropriate footpath garden plants has been compiled for your convenience. This list is intended as a guide only. The planting location, soil type and sunlight available will influence the suitability of the plant species planted.

  • Agapanthus
  • Clivias (shaded footpaths)
  • Lavender species
  • Rosemary
  • Geraniums
  • Bulb species
  • Bergenia (shaded footpaths)
  • Gaillardias
  • Gazanias
  • Salvias
  • Erigeron Karvinskianus (seaside daisy)