Are your trees and shrubs a hazard?
The City of Greater Bendigo is reminding property owners or occupiers to ensure the pedestrian pathways outside their properties are free from hazards from over-hanging branches and shrubs.
The City’s Safe and Healthy Environment Manager Caroline Grylls said the City has recently received several complaints about plants and branches protruding on or over footpaths.
“While some plants may cause someone to trip, overhanging trees or plants could cause possible eye injuries. People of all ages use our footpaths, including the vision impaired, elderly and those in wheelchairs and mobility scooters, so it is important to make sure pathways are clear,” Ms Grylls said.
“Residents are encouraged to take reasonable steps to maintain and make their property a safe place to walk past, ensuring there is no danger of causing injury or lack of confidence in getting around the streets.
“If a resident believes there is a problem, we suggest a quick conversation with the owner or occupier but if this doesn’t work, contact the City and an inspection of the property will be arranged.”
“A Local Laws Officer will inspect the property and if the owner/occupier is home at the time, will discuss possible remedies to resolve the issue.
“If there is no one home at the time of the inspection, a letter requesting works will be sent to the owner/occupier.
“As a rule, a seven to 14-day period is given for these works to occur and a follow up inspection is conducted.”