Street and laneway cleaning

Council is responsible for cleaning main roads, residential streets, laneways, and footpaths within shopping centres to keep our streets clean and safe.

Most street cleaning work is done during the night. 

Street sweeping

Mechanical street sweepers regularly sweep main roads and residential streets in Moreland.

Council also runs a leafy street program that involves an extra street sweeper being used during periods of heavy leaf fall.

Over one year Council sweeps about 45,000 kilometres along main roads and 20,000 kilometres in residential streets. Street sweeping over 1 year collects about 3000 tonnes of rubbish and litter.

Footpath sweeping

A small mechanical sweeper sweeps about 22 kilometres of footpaths in Moreland's shopping strips each day, operating 7 days a week.

Stormwater pit and drain cleaning

Council cleans around 385 stormwater pits each week. Each year Council removes about 180 tonnes of rubbish from pits and drains.

Public litter bin emptying

Council empties 750 litter bins in Moreland every weekday. Litter bins are serviced 7 days a week.

Laneway cleaning

Responsibilities of property owners next to a laneway

If your property is next to a laneway, it is your responsibility to trim any overhanging branches in the laneway to a clearance height of 3 metres and any other shrubs or vegetation must be trimmed back to your property line.

You should also make sure your fence is properly maintained so it does not block access through the laneway.

Do not store items in public laneways, as these lanes are used for public access, including street sweepers.

Constructed laneway cleaning

Constructed laneways are made of bitumen, bluestone or concrete. Council cleans constructed laneways twice a year.

Lane cleaning starts in March and September each year and the program lasts for 13 to 14 weeks, depending on the weather.

Lanes are sprayed 4 times a year during the change of seasons to suppress weed growth. The spraying program lasts from 5 to 7 weeks.

See No spray register to request no spraying of chemically-based herbicide outside your property.

Unconstructed laneway cleaning

An unconstructed laneway is a laneway that is not made with bitumen, bluestone or concrete.

Council cleans unconstructed laneways 4 times a year when high weed growth can become a fire hazard. The program for unconstructed laneways involves mowing and spraying. It starts in early August on a 4 to 6 week cycle. 

See No spray register to request no spraying of chemically-based herbicide outside your property.

Requesting an unconstructed laneway be converted

You can contact Council to request that an unconstructed laneway next to your property be converted into a constructed laneway.

Before Council can begin construction, adjoining property owners must agree to pay for the construction costs through a special rate or charge.

This process is similar to property owners paying Council to build roads and footpaths in new areas, in accordance with the Local Government Act.