An allotment may be deemed unsightly if the vegetation including trees, bushes, shrubs, plants or grass is overgrown to such an extent that it has seriously affected the visual amenity of the allotment, or is likely to attract or harbour reptiles or vermin. Council's Local Law require occupiers of land to keep their allotments free from overgrown vegetation and unsightly accumulations:
If an allotment is overgrown with vegetation, it becomes unsightly and likely to attract reptiles or vermin. Council may, by written notice given to the occupier, require the occupier to clear the vegetation as specified in the notice within the timeframe stated in the notice. The occupier must comply with such a notice.
If you have concerns regarding an overgrown allotment, please contact Council and request an inspection of the property and to initiate a regulatory process if required.
If objects or materials are brought onto, or allowed to accumulate on, an allotment, the visual amenity of the allotment is seriously affected. Objects that may seriously detract from the visual amenity of land include:
- discarded or disused machinery or machinery parts
- broken-down or severely rusted vehicles
- discarded bottles, containers or packaging
- refuse or scrap material.
Council may, by written notice given to the occupier, require the occupier, within a time stated in the notice, to:
- remove unsightly objects or materials; or
- take other specified action to stop the nuisance
If you have concerns regarding an overgrown allotment, please contact Council so that council may inspect the property and initiate a regulatory process if required.