Verges and landscaping

Verge Maintenance Policy

Due to the extensive quantity of verges within the Shire, it is impractical for the Shire to assign the level of resources that would be required to maintain all of the verges – without it impacting on rates. This situation is similar to almost all local governments in Western Australia, except that with our larger properties, the cost per ratepayer would be even larger if the Shire were to maintain verges.

To ensure the responsibilities of each party are understood, at the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 20 July 2022, Council resolved to adopt a verge maintenance policy. The intended purpose of the newly endorsed policy is to outline Councils expectation, responsibilities, and the extent to which verge maintenance services will be provided by the Shire in the overall management of the road reserve and verges, within the Shire of Chittering.
A copy of the policy can be found here

Plants for Rural Properties Program


About the program 

The Plants for Rural Properties Program aims to supply free plants to residents in rural areas to encourage revegetation of their properties using native species. These plants are adapted to local soils and climate, and range from ground covers to trees. 

Residents will be able to select up to 10 plants suited to the soil type that matches their property.  If you are not sure of your properties soil type you can contact Chittering Landcare Centre  9571 0400 for more information.

Residents will be able to access the services of the Shire’s Bushfire Risk Officer to assist with planning where and what to plant.  All plant selections should be considered by referencing the Firebreak and Bushfire Risk Notice.

Planting on verges must adhere to Council’s Verge Policy which can be found on our website at

Order forms must be submitted by 25 November 2022, and are available through the links below, from the Administration Centre, or via email at

Plants will be delivered at a community event (TBA) in June 2023. 

Plant Selection Forms.

Clay Soils - Selection Form

Gravel Soils - Selection Form

Sandy over Clay Soils - Selection Form 

Sandy Soils - Selection Form

Wetlands and Waterways - Selection Form

Who is eligible for the program?

The program is available to residents with properties over 5000sqm (1/2 ha) in size.  Proof of either ownership or residency in the Shire of Chittering will be required when submitting the form. 

What types of plants are included in the program?

A range of trees, shrubs and ground covers, which are suitable for the specific soil types in our shire, are available.  They are all natives, and have been selected to meet conditions, and also be attractive and/or structural. 

 How many plants will be given away?

2022/23 is a trial year for this program, and 2000 plants will be given away this year.  Up to 10 plants will be provided for the first 200 residents who submit their selection form.

For further information please contact Alison Reliti (Community Development Officer) on 9576 4602 or