Reserves Service Levels

Reserves Service Levels

Category Infrastructure Service Levels
Proponent District Council of Mount Barker
Project Status Current
Contact Person Field Services Unit
Contact Work: 08 8393 6450
Email: council@mountbarker.sa.gov.au

Developed and undeveloped Reserves

Council's program for maintenance of developed and undeveloped reserves in the District are classified into categories:

  • Category 1 Regional Parks - Major Community Asset, have a high presentation factor and a visual objective or green appearance all year.
  • Category 2 Developed Irrigated reserves, have a medium to high presentation factor and a visual objective of green in winter and spring and light green in summer.
  • Category 3 Developed reserves are non irrigated, have a medium presentation factor and a visual objective of green in winter, light green in spring and green/brown in summer.
  • Category 4 Undeveloped reserves have a low presentation factor and a visual objective of green in winter, light green in spring and brown in summer.

Category 1 - Regional Park

  1. Inspection - To be inspected every 7 to 10 days with all tasks to be prioritised.
  2. Mowing - turf to be mowed when required. The frequency to be determined by the Seasonal growth rate but no less than fortnightly through the Spring/Summer season. Grass to be maintained below 75mm but not less than 50mm.
  3. Edges - To be trimmed once a fortnight during the growing season. Paths to be swept if necessary following edging and mowing. Edging to be kept to a maximum of 25mm in width.
  4. Trimming - brushcutting will be undertaken around/along drainage lines, posts, trees etc on a fortnightly basis. Trees are not to be damaged during brushcutting operations.
  5. Fertilising - Fertiliser to be applied to turfed areas at the beginning of Spring utilising at 10:4:4 NPK and again during the autumn season utilising a complete mineral mix.
  6. Rubbish - Rubbish will be collected from litter bins and park environs twice weekly and prior to each mowing operation.
  7. Spraying- Spraying of turfed areas for broad leaf weeds to be undertaken at the beginning of Spring or as required utilising broad leaf chemicals but before weeds reach the two leaf stage.
  8. Pesticides - Pesticides to be applied under the direction of team leader/supervisor.
  9. Garden beds - Annual garden and flower beds are to be kept weed free, spent blooms removed, various annual plants are to be planted as seedlings twice per year as a minimum. Seedlings are to be fertilised utilising liquid fertilisers once every 21-30 days during the growing season.

    All flower garden beds to be mulched utilising pea straw and garden beds with natural mulch product.

  10. Trees - Trees to be visually inspected regularly but no less than two monthly to identify pests/diseases and for risk assessment. All inspections to be recorded.

    Appropriate action to be taken under the direction of the team leader for insect or fungal spraying.

    Pruning of trees/shrubs to be carried out as required or as directed. Trees to be maintained to a height of 2.1m (head height) and shrubs to be maintained in a neat state with minimal vision impairment appearance. Some trees/shrubs depending on species may have to be treated as multi-trunked or have foliage to ground level such as conifers.

    Roses will be pruned in July and again in early December to encourage additional blooming or when directed.

    Do not damage trees by brushcutting or spraying to remove grass collars.

    Do not brushcut around young trees with soft bark as this causes ring barking.

    If chemical control of grass is required (glyphosate) around a tree no more than 500mm from the trunk is to be sprayed out.

  11. Watering - Fully automated/semi automated systems will run two times per week for 40 minutes. Manual watering systems utilising hoses will be watered in such a way that all plants and lawn areas receive watering at least once a week for 30 minutes. Application of 25mm/week is to be applied or as directed by the team leader.
  12. Irrigation System - to be checked prior to summer operation and thereafter at two monthly intervals during the watering season.
  13. Play equipment - To be inspected every 7-10 days.

    Audit to be completed monthly and returned to the Horticultural Technical Officer. Soft fall material around playground equipment to be raked and topped up as required. Rubbish and other deleterious material to be removed as necessary.

  14. Park Furniture - Park furniture to be inspected on a monthly basis and repaired as required.

    Dog litter bins to be emptied on a weekly basis and bag dispensers refilled monthly.

    BBQ - to be inspected weekly and gas bottle filled as required.

    Park Lighting - to be inspected on a weekly basis and non-functioning lights to be reported to Horticultural Technical Officer.

The activities scheduled in Category 1 to be reviewed on an annual basis.

Keith Stephenson Park is a Category 1 reserve.

Category 2 - Developed - Irrigated

  1. Inspection - To be inspected every 14-21 days with all tasks to be prioritised.
  2. Mowing - Turf to be mowed on a three weekly basis unless otherwise directed due to seasonal growth fluctuation. The height of the grass not to exceed 100mm and not be cut less than 50mm throughout the spring/summer season.
  3. Edges - To be trimmed once a month during the growing season. Paths to be kept clean. Edging to be kept to a maximum of 25mmin width.
  4. Trimming - brushcutting will be undertaken around/along drainage lines, posts, trees etc on a monthly basis. Trees are not to be damaged during brushcutting operations. Trimming to be undertaken only if spraying has not been utilised to remove grass collars.
  5. Fertilising - Fertilising is not generally required except perhaps once per year in Spring where (10:4:4) NPK where soil types lack the ability to retain nutrients. (High clay content soils).
  6. Rubbish - Rubbish will be collected from litter bins and park environs once weekly.
  7. Spraying- Spraying of broad leaf weeds to be undertaken once (beginning of Spring) utilising a general broad leaf chemical.

    Spraying of grass collars around trees/posts etc to be undertaken utilising glyphosate on a three monthly basis. No more than 500mm from the trunk or post is to be sprayed out. Spraying along creek, drainage lines and kerbing to be undertaken on a three monthly basis and no more than 100mm in width.
  8. Pesticides - Pesticides to be applied under the direction of team leader/supervisor.
  9. Garden beds - Weeding, replanting, mulching and cultivation of garden beds to be undertaken on a quarterly basis or as directed..
  10. Trees - Trees to be visually inspected once every four months and pruning of trees/shrubs to be undertaken as required or as directed.
  11. Watering - Watering will be undertaken under the direction of the team leader with an application rate of no more than 25mm per week over a two period cycle.
  12. Irrigation System - to be checked prior to summer operation and thereafter at two monthly intervals during the watering season.
  13. Play equipment - To be inspected every 14-21 days.

    Audit to be completed on a two monthly basis and returned to the Horticultural Technical Officer. Soft fall material to be raked and topped up as required. Rubbish and other deleterious materials to be removed as required.
  14. Park Furniture - All park furniture including seats and lights are to be inspected on a monthly basis and damage reported to the team leader.
  15. Road reserves - Council will slash the road reserve adjacent each property at the commencement of the growing season and then the maintenance is the responsibility of the adjacent owner.

The activities scheduled in Category 2 to be reviewed on an annual basis.

The following examples are classified as Category 2 reserves:-

Brukunga Playground Surrounds Brukunga
Woodgate Street Echunga
Academy Gardens Hahndorf
Alec Johnson Park Hahndorf
Byard Place Reserve Hahndorf
CWA Hahndorf
Pioneer Gardens Hahndorf
Hutton Reserve Kanmantoo
Spring park Farm, Gum Tree Drive 1 Littlehampton
Battunga Park Meadows
Meadows War Memorial Meadows
Jacobs Reserve Mount Barker
Jubilee Crescent Mount Barker
Local Government Centre Mount Barker
Maldon Street Reserve Mount Barker
Martindale Estate - Burnbank entrance Mount Barker
Mick Murphy Park Nairne
Bill Joyce Park Nairne


Category 3 reserves include the following maintenance:

  1. Inspection - To be inspected every 21-42 days with all tasks to be prioritised.
  2. Mowing - Turf to be mown on a 21-42 day basis unless otherwise directed due to seasonal growth fluctuation.

    Grass growth to be kept below 100mm as plant varies in habit. Ride on mowers, tractor/slasher or flail is required.
  3. Spraying- Broad leaf weeds to be sprayed three time per year utilising broadleaf chemicals.
    Spraying of grass collars around trees/posts etc to be undertaken utilising glyphosate on a three monthly basis. No more than 500mm from the trunk or post is to be sprayed out.
    Fence lines, drainage lines, pits are to be sprayed three times per year with glyphosate to a maximum width of 300mm from the edges.
  4. Garden beds - Weeding, replanting, mulching and cultivation of garden beds to be undertaken a maximum of 4 times per year or when time permits.
  5. Trees - Trees to be visually inspected once every six months or as directed. Trees should be pruned to allow even growth and to allow mowers unrestricted movement beneath and around unless the species is a multi stemmed species then spraying beneath to remove vegetation will be undertaken.
  6. Watering - Watering of garden beds should be kept to a minimum of four times during summer. Planting of draught tolerant species should be undertaken. No formal garden beds to be incorporated in the reserve.

The activities scheduled in Category 3 to be reviewed on an annual basis.

The following examples are classified as Category 3 reserves:-

Bollen Road Reserve (bottom section) Mount Barker
Chapman Crescent Reserve Mount Barker
Dumas Street Reserve Mount Barker
Flaxley Reserve Mount Barker
Fred Ellis Walk Mount Barker
Fry Street Reserve Mount Barker
Manor Crescent Mount Barker
Martindale Estate - Burnbank middle Mount Barker
Mount Barker BMX Track Reserve Mount Barker
Mount Barker Bowling Club surrounds Mount Barker
Public Open Space - Laratinga to School (50 ha) Mount Barker
Willow Close Reserve Mount Barker
Jenner Street Nairne
Prospect Hill Reserve Propsect Hill

Category 4 reserves include the following maintenance:

  1. Inspection - To be inspected every 60-90 days with all tasks to be prioritised.
  2. Mowing - Weeds and grass to be kept to a minimum of 120mm (on average) as plants vary in degree of habit.

    Ride on mowers, tractor slasher or flail is required.

    Mowing to a maximum of four times per year.
  3. Spraying- Broad leaf weeds to be sprayed two times per year utilising broadleaf chemicals.
    Scheduled pest plants such as broome, gorse, and blackberry to be slashed and poisoned at the appropriate time of year as directed by the team leader.
    Spraying of fence lines, tree collars, drainage lines, pits are to be sprayed two times per year to maintain mower clearance in spring and late summer.
    Inspect fence lines two times per year.
  4. Trees - Trees to be inspected once every six (6) months.
    Pruning of trees to ensure sufficient clearance for machinery.

The activities scheduled in Category 4 to be reviewed on an annual basis.

The following examples are classified as Category 4 reserves:-

Peggy Buxton Road Reserves Brukunga
Windmill Hill Hahndorf
Fulford Terrace Reserves Littlehampton
Glebe paddocks Littlehampton
Dumas Street Reserve (sheds) Mount Barker
Dumas Street Reserve (top) Mount Barker
Kia-Ora Street Mount Barker
Memorial Drive Reserve Mount Barker
Mount Barker Creek Mount Barker
Springs Road Reserve Mount Barker
Nairne Pedestrian Walkway Nairne

Should you require additional information please contact Horticultural Services at Council on 8391 7200.

6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker SA 5251
T 8391 7200
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