GARDEN CHAMPS: Reserve champions (2015) Hans and Debbie Kruger in their Walligan garden.
GARDEN CHAMPS: Reserve champions (2015) Hans and Debbie Kruger in their Walligan garden. Valerie Horton

Thank Costa! Now we can plant on your nature strip

WITH a goal of bringing neighbours together, a new environmentally friendly Fraser Coast will be created as residents get the green light to build gardens on their nature strip.

Recently the Fraser Coast Regional Council endorsed a policy to allow people to liven up their patch of grass outside their homes.

While residents will have free reign on what to plant on the strip, the policy states plants and trees must be pruned to below 2.2m high and maintain pedestrian access.

The plan was conceived after the ABC's gardening guru Costa Georgiadis visited the Fraser Coast earlier this year.

Deputy mayor George Seymour noted Costa's comments about gardens improving community wellbeing and decided to drive it.

"I wanted to take this forward and now we've implemented a policy where people can plant on the road reserves," Cr Seymour said.

"The road reserves throughout our communities are the most underutilised real estate on the Fraser Coast and they're places people care about because they're right out the front of their homes.

"They're the people best suited to decide what is planted."

Debbie Kruger has been gardening for several decades.

She praised the council's policy and encouraged everyone to take an interest in gardening.

"You get outside and you lose all your problems," Mrs Kruger said of her gardening hobby.

"Each day there is something new."

Mrs Kruger, who is involved in the Hervey Bay Garden Club suggested some low-maintenance plantings for people.

Some of the smaller natives would be good, they attract birds," she said.

"You put bromeliads in the garden and they'll go."

Initially residents will be required to apply to the council to begin planting.

"Down the track I'm hoping it can just be our right," Cr Seymour added.

"As it starts I think we need to be very careful because I don't want to see footpaths between schools and houses blocked off.

"I'm hoping the community will really take this up and want to see their streets really enlivened."

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Costa's composting tips : Popular television presenter and green thumb Costa Georgiadis is well known for his gardening tips and will be visiting the Fraser Coast on Friday September 18.
Costa's composting tips : Popular television presenter and green thumb Costa Georgiadis is well known for his gardening tips and will be visiting the Fraser Coast on Friday September 18.