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Mowing and maintenance - report an issue

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Mowing

Campbelltown City Council maintains more than 1400 hectares of sports fields, open space, reserves and gardens. These open areas require regular mowing to keep them safe, accessible, functional and presentable.

Mowing is performed periodically depending on location and user frequency.


Is there long grass at a Council park, sports ground, or road?

During high demand (Spring and Summer) and rain periods, grass growth will increase and you may notice areas of longer grass during these times.

Report mowing issues

For any urgent requests relating to safety, please phone Council on 02 4645 4000. If calling outside of Council business hours, you will be redirected to the Council's after hours call service and required to follow the prompts.



Is there long grass on any other (non-council) land?

If you have concerns about overgrown land, there are several things you can do.

Council does not own and/or is not responsible for maintaining:

Council encourages all residents to maintain and mow the nature strips that front and border your property to help keep our community streets tidy and safe.

When mowing your nature strip follow these handy tips

  • Clear your nature strip of large sticks, stones and objects that may become projectiles, as objects that get flicked up by mower blades can cause damage to your own or other people's property
  • Wear enclosed shoes, sunglasses and ear muffs or ear plugs for protection
  • Be sun smart - wear sunscreen, long sleeve shirt, hat and sunglasses
  • Make sure your lawn is dry, as wet grass can clog up your blades
  • Only cut the top third of the grass, cutting lawns too short increases evaporation and promotes weed growth
  • Compost or mulch your grass clippings, as an alternative to putting your grass clippings in your garden organics bin
  • Be aware of noise times and levels
  • Remember it is illegal to blow or sweep leaf litter from nature strips and driveways into gutters, as it blocks drains and can cause flooding.

Mowing FAQs

If you’ve noticed your lawn getting longer, you’re not alone

We've been facing an extraordinarily wet summer season and impacts on staff levels due to COVID-19.

We’ve heard your feedback and we’re doing everything we can to mow down the grass across our entire city.


Why is the grass so long?

We’re currently experiencing an uncharacteristically wet summer due to the La Niña weather cycle bringing increased rainfall and damp conditions.

This has encouraged faster growth rates and soft ground, preventing us from transporting heavy machinery onto land without damaging it.

Also, with the COVID-19 pandemic requiring that staff isolate and recover as needed, we’re also sometimes working with fewer staff with a higher demand than usual.

Staff are currently mowing sites which require mowing again only 5 days later. Many of these sites are generally on a schedule or two weeks or more depending on the site. This means grass is growing 3 times faster than it usually does resulting in double to triple the time to cut due to the height and moisture of the grass regardless of the machinery used.

 



Can’t you just mow with handheld equipment if the ground is soft?

Once grass grows too long we often need to use tractor slashers to cut the bulk of the grass and then complete the job with a ride-on mower. When the ground is boggy, the heavy slasher can damage the playing fields, reserves or parks and the grass becomes lodged in the blades which would result in damaged equipment.

Due the extent of mowing required across the city, handheld machinery such as brush cutters are only used for finer detail work.



When can I expect the area near me to be mowed?

We’re working through the priority areas across each suburb as soon as they’re dry enough to put equipment onto. During extreme growth conditions such as now and sites are mown based on priority but safety is our highest priority. 



What locations are considered ‘urgent’?

Parks and playgrounds, sports fields, leisure centres and other public spaces around facilities are treated as priority because of their high volume of use. This can be subject to change based on circumstantial safety hazards or other urgencies, such as events and activities scheduled for these locations. 



What is being done about mowing around schools?

We are actively working to ensure pathways leading to schools are safe and accessible, with students returning to the classroom. If there is a safety concern, these areas are treated as a priority.



When will all the mowing be caught up?

We will continue to focus our attention on mowing and take advantage of conditions that allow us to cut grass without damaging the grounds, substructures such as irrigation and drainage or the equipment.  Based on weather forecasts, we anticipate that it could be March before we see some relief from these intense growing conditions. Our staff are working extra hours where possible to get back to normal service levels.


Park and open space maintenance

Council owns and maintains a large range of parks and open space assets throughout the Campbelltown Local Government Area.

To keep them in tip-top shape, our work involves:

  • Looking after trees and shrubs
  • Mowing, weeding and pruning
  • Repairing fences* drains, gutters and footpaths
  • Making safety inspections
  • Repairing equipment and facilities, such as play and exercise equipment, shade structures and floodlighting
  • Improving signage
  • Installing bins and collecting rubbish.

Visit our City Improvements section for details about upcoming park and open space improvements projects. You can also join the conversation and have your say on Council projects that are happening in your neighbourhood.

*Fencing

  • Council own and maintain fencing within sporting ovals and around council buildings.
  • Council also installs and maintains boundary fencing to prevent vehicle access into public reserves/parks and fire trails.
  • All development adjoining council land/parks must maintain and install their own fencing.

Request maintenance

Is there any equipment damage, fencing problem, graffiti hit or any other maintenance issues (e.g. broken flood light, leaking toilet etc.) at a Council park, reserve or playground?

  • If the issue is non-urgent and non life threatening, then please report the maintenance issue online or call Council on 02 4645 4000.
  • For any graffiti hits, you can report graffiti online or call Customer Service on 02 4645 4000.
  • For any urgent issues related to safety, please call Customer Service on 02 4645 4000. If calling outside of Council business hours, you will be redirected to the Council's after hours call service and required to follow the prompts.
  • To report a fallen or hanging branch which is dangerous, you can report the issue online from our Tree Management page (using one of the related information links), or contact Council on 02 4645 4000
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