Alice Springs Town Council has introduced an new initiative to tackle overgrown grass across our town.
In the scheme, called Vergecare, Council is offering a $30 voucher to eligible residents who maintain their verge. These vouchers can be redeemed at any Council facility.
Council voted to run the initiative at February’s Ordinary Meeting with vouchers running out once a $20,000 limit has been reached.
“The idea of this scheme is to get on top of the overgrown grass around our town as soon as possible,” Councillor Mark Coffey said.
“Recent heavy rain and a combination of other factors has led to overgrown grass spreading through Alice Springs. The intent of this scheme is to improve both the aesthetic and safety of our town by tackling this issue.”
To apply for a voucher, residents must take a before and after photo of their verge and attach them this application form (click here). Residents must also attach a photo including proof of address i.e. a utility bill.
That application form can be submitted to email@example.com and will be assessed by Council Officers.
Once an application has been approved, the resident will be notified via email and they will be able to collect their voucher from the Civic Centre.
Applications for the scheme opened on Thursday 3 March and vouchers for successful applicants are now ready to collect. All residential properties, excluding unit blocks, are eligible to apply.
All vouchers must be redeemed by Friday 3 June 2022. All vouchers are single use only and any unused funds on vouchers will not be refunded in the form of cash or credit.
Apply now! CLICK HERE to fill in an application form.
Terms and Conditions apply — CLICK HERE to read the Vergecare Initiative Terms and Conditions.
Weed management guideline — how to clean your equipment when managing your verge:
It is important that we reduce the spread of seeds when managing our verges. To do so, ensure the following:
- Begin verge management with clean equipment.
- After managing an area, ensure your equipment is cleaned before using it elsewhere.
With clean equipment we can ensure that seeds are not transported to a new area where they can germinate and infest.
Cleaning your mower or whipper snipper, or any equipment used on your verge, can be as simple as washing it down with water or with a blower in a designed area where weeds can’t travel. Ensure that clumps of soil and plant matter are removed before being transported elsewhere.
Don’t forget to check your clothing and footwear!