Territory and Municipal Services' annual mowing season activities will kick off today with crews beginning their major first cuttings along arterial roads across the ACT, Director, City Services, Territory and Municipal Services, Fleur Flanery said today.
"The 2011/12 mowing program was the largest on record with over 76,000 hectares of Canberra's public open spaces mowed, an increase of 34 per cent compared to the previous year's program," Ms Flanery said.
"With the warm spring weather now here, it is time to commence this year's program which will see the regular cutting of sportsgrounds, irrigated parks and non-irrigated areas such as neighbourhood parks and pedestrian parkland.
"The program utilises a base fleet of 89 mowers, comprising 47 internal and 42 contract mowers. Additional contract mowers are also employed throughout the mowing season where required.
"The mowing program is an integral part of the ACT's bushfire preparedness strategy with priority given to strategic fuel reduction as part of the overall hazard reduction program.
"The annual mowing season program runs from October to May. There is a reduced program that runs during the cooler months," said Ms Flanery.
Ms Flanery said the ACT Government is responsible for mowing 5891 hectares of irrigated and non-irrigated grass in the urban space and at the urban edge. This is equivalent to over 5000 football fields.
Residents are reminded that they are responsible for mowing the nature strip that adjoins their property.
For the latest details of the mowing program people can review the mowing programs on the Territory and Municipal Services website at www.tams.act.gov.au or contact Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.
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