Road jungle ‘disgrace’

Thick tangles of weeds are infesting median strips in Greens Road, Dandenong South.

By Cam Lucadou-Wells

Unsightly grass and weeds have sprouted over a metre tall along a gateway arterial in Dandenong South.

Business owner Dave Tucker says the ugly jungle along Greens Road is a blight on the rapidly developing business precinct.

His photographs capture extravagant weed and grass growth on median strips and footpaths from Eastlink to South Gippsland Highway.

He says the unkempt vegetation is a safety hazard blocking traffic sightlines as well as being “disgraceful on the eye”.

“The upkeep and maintenance of the surrounding roads reflect a poor reflection of the care factor.”

According to the Department of Transport, Greens Road grass was last cut in late August, and due for its next mow within the week after 7 November.

It is cut six times a year and sprayed with weed control chemicals four times a year.

A Department of Transport spokesperson said its roadside mowing program was “already underway”.

“We’re busy working our way across the region.

“The timing of our grass cutting is important and that’s why we’re starting now to ensure we’re on top of the spring growth ahead of the fire danger period.”

The Department states it does regular roadside inspections of its 22,000 kilometre road network.

 

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