Open Space Mowing
Our mowing teams of approximately 22 staff maintain more than 385 open space areas across our region. This includes parks, reserves, sports fields, cemeteries, buffer zones, natural areas and roadsides.
Maintaining these spaces is a constant challenge, and there are many factors that contribute to our scheduling. These factors include:
- level of use
- regional and local significance
- growing conditions
- weather and storm events
- preparation for community events
- resource availability
- flexibility due to emergencies or competing priorities
- other environmental factors.
We have moved into our Winter Works program now as mowing is at a minimum due to slower growth in the winter months. Staff will focus on grounds maintenance including mulching, pruning, broadleaf spraying and green waste removal. Asset maintenance and small upgrades on signage, seating, shelters, pathways and road medians will also take place over the coming months. In addition we will undertake roadside outreach mowing in some areas.
Broadleaf & Bindii weed Spraying**
Port Macquarie Hastings-Council will be spraying selected parks, reserves and sporting fields for the control of broadleaf and bindii weeds between June-August. The program is designed to reduce the presence of these weeds within Council's open space turf areas. All spraying activities will be undertaken by fully qualified staff and will only be conducted during suitable weather conditions. Herbicides proposed to be used: Registered Name - Javelin
Weekly Mowing Schedule
|Week commencing Monday, 7 December 2020
|Wauchope & surrounds
Rocks Ferry Reserve and surrounds
Jack Dwyer Reserve
Telegraph Point - Charlie Watt Reserve and Log Wharf
Laurieton sports fields
Kendall sports fields
Lake Cathie Tennis Courts
Settlement Point Reserve and surrounds
The Lost Plot and surrounds
Bellangry Park and surrounds
Crestwood Reserve and roadsides
Ocean Drive - Emerald Drive to Marantha Place
Waterlily Walk Reserve
| Sports Fields
Wayne Richards Park
Laurieton Sports Fields
Kendall Sports Fields
How often do we mow?
As a general rule, we use a hierarchy based approach to set our mowing program. We also look at event bookings for community spaces to ensure our maintenance works are aligned where possible.
Regional parks and reserves; those high use or highly visible areas with significant playgrounds or facilities, are mowed approximately every 10 days during the growing season. Examples include: Town Green Reserve, Westport Reserve, Rainbow Beach Reserve, Wayne Richards Park, Regional Sports Stadium.
District parks and reserves are usually in or nearby towns and have a moderate level of use or visibility. They may have some form of play equipment, parking, amenities, seating and landscaping. These areas are mowed approximately every 3-6 weeks during growing season or more often if inspections trigger it. Examples include: McInherney Park, Rocks Ferry Reserve, Pilot Beach Reserve.
Local parks and reserves are those within a residential neighbourhood. They can be small or large but generally have basic play equipment, seating and landscaping. These areas are mowed on an 8 week schedule or more often if inspections trigger it. Examples include: Henry Kendall Reserve, Herons Creek Reserve, Boom Reserve, Old Park.
In addition to parks, reserves and sports fields, we also mow:
Link / Buffer areas - These areas include asset protection zones (open spaces between property or bush land) and other multi-purpose areas that may have some level of recreational infrastructure. This community land (over 100 sites) is mowed or slashed on average 4 times a year.
Natural areas - There are more than 50 of these areas that are mostly bush land. They are mowed on average 2 times a year.
Council does not mow residential footpaths. Property owners and residents are responsible for mowing the grassed areas in front of private, commercial or industrial property. Council relies on the goodwill of residents to maintain these areas so ratepayer funds can be directed towards other community services.
Roadsides - The grass on the shoulders along major rural sealed roads is slashed once a year. As a general guide the slashing program occurs as follows:
January & February
- King Creek
- Bonny Hills
- Lake Cathie
- Port Macquarie
March, April & May
- Telegraph Point
- Rollands Plains
July & August
- Long Flat
November & December
Outreach bank mowing to reduce vegetation close to travel lanes on rural roads is done on a 5 year cycle.
If you have questions about our mowing program please use report an issue.
This page was last updated on: 04 December 2020