Laneways (Rights of Way)
There's a total of 21.4kms of laneways (also known as rights-of-way) within the Town that provide an alternative access to properties adjacent to them.
Of this total, 20.1kms of laneways are managed by the Town and have public access. The remaining 1.3kms are privately owned with the owners determining who has right of access via their lane. Harding Lane is currently private property and is not available for public access.
In June 2003 Council resolved to name all laneways in the Town. The reason for this was the lack of names creates an obstacle to the enforcement of the Town's local laws, particularly those relating to the control of vehicle parking or obstructions and dumping of rubbish.
The Town has a program for upgrading the public lanes to a sealed asphalt surface. The current funding of this program upgrades 0.8km of lane each year with all lanes expected to be sealed by 2018.
Laneways are a special public area that residents and motorists need to respect for the benefit of all users. Please consider others when using laneways by following these simple rules:
- motorists drive slowly in the lane. Other motorists coming out of garages can't see you coming and dust will blow into neighbours' properties. Although there are no signed speed restrictions within laneways they are covered by the Road Traffic Act and the police can prosecute motorists who aren't driving safely.
- don't park vehicles, trailers or bins in the lane. "No Parking" restrictions apply to all lanes;
- don't store materials or dump waste in the lane. There isn't a rubbish removal service from lanes so make sure you dispose of waste via the normal verge collection;
- trim branches from your trees and shrubs that overhang the lane. They're your responsibility. If they cause a hazard or problem in the lane, then the Town may cut the branches off at the fence line;
- don't grow bushes and trees in the lane. If they cause a hazard or problem in the lane, the Town may remove and dispose of them. In addition, a weed spraying contractor sprays the lanes twice a year to control weeds and the glyphosate spray is expected to kill anything green; and
- Caltrop is a common pest weed in lanes and the Town has a program to control it. It's a ground cover that has seeds with sharp spikes similar to double gees. It grows from December to February and easily spreads into lawns and gardens. If you find it growing in your backyard or lane, either report it to the Town or pull it out and dispose of it in your rubbish bin.