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Weekly urban mowing schedule

Outdoor spaces mowing

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
  • location
  • growing conditions
  • weather and storm events
  • preparation for community events
  • resource availability
  • flexibility due to emergencies or competing priorities
  • other environmental factors.

Weekly Schedule

Week commencing Monday 6 April 2020

Wauchope & surrounds
  • Rocks Ferry Reserve
  • Timbertown Estate
  • Millwood Estate
  • Wauchope roadsides
  • Jack Dwyer Reserve
  • Tennis Court
  • Old Park
  • Wauchope Cemetery
Camden Haven
  • Kendall area
  • Laurieton Sportsfields
  • Kendall Sportsfields
  • Laurieton Cemetery
  • Kendall Cemetery
Port Macquarie
  • Crestwood Reserve and Playground

  • Crestwood Drive roadsides

  • Yaluma Drive Reserve

  • Yaluma Drive footpaths

  • Ocean Drive roadsides from Golf Club to Greenmeadows Drive

  • Rowthorne Way footpaths

  • McInherney Park

  • Settlement Point Reserve

  • Town Green 

  • Rowing Club 

 Sports Fields
  • Findlay Park
  • Tuffins Lane
  • Stuarts Park
  • Oxley Oval
  • Dixie Park

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
  • Laurieton
  • Bonny Hills
  • Lake Cathie
  • Port Macquarie

March, April & May

  • Telegraph Point
  • Rollands Plains
  • Beechwood


  • Bellangry
  • Pappinbarra

July & August

  • Long Flat
  • Byabarra
  • Comboyne

November & December

  • Lorne
  • Kendall

Outreach bank mowing to reduce vegetation close to travel lanes on rural roads is done on a 5 year cycle.

 *Winter Works Program
During the summer/spring season Council Parks & Garden team are focused on mowing and maintaining parks, playgrounds and sports fields.  During the winter months mowing is at a minimum which frees up the team to attend to other works, including asset maintenance, mulching, green waste removal, painting, staining, beach access and other similar activities.


If you have questions about our mowing program please use report an issue.

This page was last updated on: 03 April 2020