Published On 11 July 2017 at 04:00 PM
Sutherland Shire Council is trialling a plan to refresh streetscapes across Sutherland Shire through the placement of planter boxes in shopping centres at Cronulla, Caringbah and Kirrawee.
30 planter boxes have been installed since June 2017, enabling Council to provide natural landscaping where large scale gardens are not practical or don’t exist.
“These planter boxes are painted in bright, modern colours to match the street banners and provide a burst of natural colour to soften the streetscapes,” said Sutherland Shire Mayor Carmelo Pesce.
Plants were selected based on their hardiness and ability to withstand varying degrees of sun and shade. Whilst the planter boxes will be maintained by Council, local businesses are being asked to assist in watering the plants and monitoring them to prevent or report vandalism.
“The success of these planter boxes is dependent on cooperation and shared responsibility, and this trial is a great opportunity for Council and local businesses to work together to improve the appearance of our shared community spaces,” said the Mayor.
“I encourage our community to actively report any vandalism to the planter boxes in these centres as damage to the boxes and plants themselves has a significant impact on the presentation of the area and adds to the ongoing costs of maintenance,” said Mayor Pesce.
The results of the pilot program will be presented in a report to Council to determine whether other business centres receive planter boxes or similar urban beautification and naturalisation programs.