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01/10/2018 4:00pm

To mow or not to mow, that was the question...

You may have noticed we've stopped mowing some roadside berms in Waihi.

Earlier this year, we went on a road trip to gather your thoughts about the proposed route we would navigate for the next 10 years. One of the things we talked with you about was Waihi berm mowing. We proposed a change to the number of berms we mowed in Waihi to reduce our operating costs and provide a rates reduction of 0.2% for Waihi ward ratepayers in 2018/19.

We received lots of feedback on this proposal. Overall, we heard that you take great pride in keeping your town looking tidy, which is great!

As a result, we will keep mowing:

  • main arterial routes
    • Parry Palm Ave
    • Seddon St
    • Kenny St
    • Tauranga Rd
  • berms on residential streets wider than 20 metres 
    • Barry Rd
    • Mataura Rd
    • Queen St
    • Victoria St
    • Roberts St
    • Galbraith St
    • Wrigley St
    • Canon St
    • Margaret St
  • any berms in front of our parks and reserves.

We have stopped mowing berms in Waihi on normal width streets (20m or less).

This brings berm mowing in Waihi in line with the services we offer in other towns. We didn't think it was fair that all ratepayers in the Waihi ward, including those in Whiritoa and Waikino, were paying for standard berms to be mowed in Waihi; and that some Waihi residents were getting their berms mowed while others weren't.

We don't believe Waihi streets will become overgrown as a result. When we reduced berm mowing in Paeroa a few years ago the streets stayed ship-shape.

We understand that some of you may not be physically able to mow your own berm. Please remember help is available from WINZ if you are on a low income and can't physically mow your berm yourself.