Bushy Berms need a mow

Before you mow those berms…you are going to have to you know…make sure you send in pics to the Facebook page Bushy Berms.

Auckland City residents should follow the rest of the region, take pride in their community – and mow their own berms, says a councillor.

Rodney councillor Penny Webster says that at a time when household budgets are tight, the council cannot afford the $12 million to $15 million cost of mowing berms for the whole region.

“It’s not fair that one area gets berm mowing, while other areas mow their own,” said Mrs Webster, a former Act MP. “The council had to make things even without increasing rates even more.” 

The pity is that the savings weren’t passed on to ratepayers by reducing their rates…instead Len Brown’s pickpockets spent the loot somewhere else.

There must be millions of waste like this lying around waiting for a politician with balls to cancel it.

She was disappointed with local body election candidates from the Auckland City area who were complaining about something the rest of the region did without fuss.

The council voted to save $3 million by not cutting grass berms in the old Auckland City area from July.

Waitemata councillor Mike Lee said Mrs Webster’s comments were “exactly the outer suburban small-mindedness and parochialism” he had to deal with in his days at the Auckland Regional Council, and which the Super City was meant to stop.

“The withdrawal of the service is an act of bad faith by the council to its ratepayers,” he said.

“The berms are owned by the council. Many adjoin intensified housing and these areas are to have greater intensification. Who is meant to go out and buy the lawn mower?”

Onehunga Mall resident Mike Haley, who sent the Herald the photo above, said he could understand the desire for savings, but the berm ruling would be to the detriment of Auckland’s neighbourhoods.

He estimated that 30 per cent of berms in the area were unmown.

What sort of an idiot wants to leave berms unmown to try to prove a point. Mow your fricken lawns, it is only the old Auckland City Council areas affected, if you lived in Manukau you mowed your own berms…even in the deep South people have enough pride to mow their own berms.

A smart entrepreneur though will surely start a berm mowing business.

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