Council to slash mowing backlog

It is all hands on deck with Redland City Council increasing its mowing schedule to get the grass at local parks under control following recent wet weather.

Redland City Council General Manager Infrastructure and Operations Gary Soutar said Council would take advantage of every fine day available to reduce the grass in local parks and reserves.

“The recent weather means everyone in South East Queensland is battling to keep on top of the mowing and Council is no different, but we are redoubling efforts to ensure residents can enjoy the 650 hectares of wonderful parks and reserves across the city,” Mr Soutar said.

“This will include Council staff and contractors working extended hours, including on their days off and weekends.  We have also put the call out for other qualified Council staff to assist with mowing.

“The current wet weather and high humidity creates perfect growing conditions, meaning we just finish the mowing schedule and we have to start again, so a few days of rain, as we have experienced in recent weeks, disrupts the schedule completely.”

Mr Soutar said it was hoped the extra mowing would see the majority of parks mowed in the coming weeks, dependant on the weather.

“Council acknowledges the current length of grass around the city is not ideal and we appreciate residents’ patience and assure them we are working hard to get on top of things,” he said.

“Even when the rain stops we have to wait for the parks to be dry before mowing to avoid damaging the grounds. 

“Since November we have mowed 1540 hectares of public open space and we will keep working until all parks are under control.”