COUNCIL: Staff working hard to maintain parks and gardens after heavy rainfall

THE hum of lawnmowers and whipper snippers is a dominant sound on the Fraser Coast at the moment.

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The recent heavy rains and warm weather have given grass a boost in recent weeks.

Whether private property or at Fraser Coast Regional Council parks, efforts are underway to keep lawns and yards in check.

Council alone has about 800 parks, gardens and recreation areas to mow and maintain across the region.

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While cutting teams are going full-steam ahead, Mayor George Seymour said mowing efforts in some areas were being slowed by soggy ground.

“We have to wait for the soggy areas, especially flood-hit areas, to dry out otherwise the mowers bog up the ground damaging the turf and leaving a mess,” Cr Seymour said.

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The Council has 79 outdoor parks and garden staff to maintain more than 800 parks, gardens and recreation areas across the Fraser Coast.

Council has 40 ride-on mowers of various sizes in the mowing fleet.

Division 4 Councillor Daniel Sanderson said contractors were also helping slash roadsides and maintain some of the larger open areas.

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“Even then it takes about four weeks for the staff to make one circuit of the region’s parks,” Cr Sanderson explained.

“Staff are also trying to clean up flood damage.

“While staff are going their hardest to get around, some parks may not be as manicured as they are normally. If your park is overgrown then I apologise, but we are doing our best. The parks are on a mowing schedule and we physically cannot get around any faster.”

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