Nature strips

Nature strips are a small piece of relatively unusable land in front of residential homes, alongside streets and roads. This area of council land mediates between residential & commercial buildings the footpath and road areas.

About 

  • Nature strips are a small piece of relatively unusable land in front of residential homes, alongside streets and roads. This area of council land mediates between residential & commercial buildings the footpath and road areas.
  • Serve as the location for services such as telephone, gas, water and power.
  • Provide an open space that allows view lines for vehicle traffic and cyclists. It serves as a crossing point for pedestrians, and provides space for the opening of car doors and as a collection point for rubbish bins. The majority of nature strips consist of grass with many containing a street tree maintained by council.
  • Have the potential to be so much more and a number of residents have taken up the opportunity to better their street and gain a beautified public frontage to their property.
Two trees newly planted on a nature strip
Nature strip covered with Pig Face on Dunstan Parade

Maintaining a nature strip


It is a common and accepted practice in Australia that the property owner / occupier of abutting properties maintain the nature strip whatever the surface finish, this excludes the street tree which is maintained by council. Please refer to our nature strip guidelines.

Download the City of Port Phillip Nature Strip Guidelines.

Factsheets

These factsheets aim to assist residents and businesses establish and maintain a nature strip area. 

Porous Paving

We first trialled the use of porous pavement in 2009 along sections of St Kilda Road as part of the Tree Enhancement Project.

Porous paving surrounding tree on St Kilda Road

What is porous paving?

Porous paving is an alternative to conventional impermeable pavements with many stormwater management benefits. These surfaces allow stormwater to be filtered by a coarse sub-base, and allow infiltration to the underlying soil.

Benefits include reduced peak stormwater discharges, increased ground water recharge, improved stormwater quality and multiple use of paved areas.

What is Water Sensitive Urban Design?

Water Sensitive urban design is a new approach to urban planning and urban design. It aims to promote better, more sustainable management of the urban water cycle through the sensitive design of homes, streets and whole suburbs.

Contact Park Services

Phone: 03 9209 6777
Email: assist@portphillip.vic.gov.au  
Post: Park Services, City of Port Phillip, Private Bag No. 3, St Kilda PO VIC 3182

Related Content