CANBERRA’s new Rapid Response Mowing Team is set to be deployed to long grassy areas in the suburbs from today (September 1).
The ACT government has spent $1.2 million on the 10-person team, who are equipped with a new electric mower and 12 normal mowers, bringing the mower fleet to 81.
The mowing program will run from September to March 2023, with suburbs receiving a fresh cut every four weeks and main roads every five weeks.
The mowers are set to cover 68 hectares with each mowing.
Unacceptable grassy areas can be reported via Fix my streetleading to an inspection to determine if it will receive rapid response treatment or if it falls under the regular schedule.
All mowers have received pre-season mechanical maintenance, including a test of their GPS systems which will capture data on mowed areas and upload the information to a live map which will be available from Monday.
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Ian Meikle, editor