Council prefers the natural look

SUNSHINE Coast council has defended its level of maintenance at the Tewantin Bush Garden after a local family saw the need to carry out its own backyard blitz there recently.

The Wearne family would like to see council do a general clean up, but after that would be keen to see volunteer working bees to help keep the grounds in order.

A council spokesman last week said the ashes interment area where the Wearnes went to work for a four-day tidy up, was “an area that has been designed to fit into the natural environment as much as possible”.

He said trees had been left thick and tall to create the bush atmosphere while materials used in the garden were “conducive to the natural environment”.

“As part of our normal winter maintenance program we have recently completed an extensive weed reduction program through hand work and spraying, we have completed removal of trees that are considered dangerous and are about to commence a tree trimming and garden re-mulching program,” the spokesman said.

“The environment in this bush garden is left as natural as possible, which attracts most people to it.

“We value the many relationships that we have developed with cemetery visitors over the years and look forward to the opportunity to form future relationships.

"We also highly value community feedback and consider all feedback to be constructive and positive.”

The spokesman said council spent thousands each year maintaining its cemeteries.

“Some families like to look after their own positions and care for their own area which we have no objection to,” he said.

“Should a family wish to perform any work in a cemetery they are required to notify us and inform us of what they would like to do, how they are going to perform that work, when they are going to perform it and how long it will take.

“This only applies to small works like planting small items in their own space, placing fresh mulch in their own space and placing personal items as long as they fit into the environment.”

He said council was not notified most of the time of this private work and “generally we don’t even know when it has taken place”.

“We take the maintenance of cemeteries very seriously and recent operational changes and stricter monitoring of contractors is evident of that,” he said.

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