Our Street Sweeping Program is designed to effectively manage the tidying of tree-lined streets in a coordinated manner.
The eleven main components of the Street Sweeping Program aim to target the areas of highest need and respond to the seasonal activity of street trees, whilst maintaining the quality of our environment.
Program at a glance
|Residential||Year round||52 weeks||6 weekly|
|Main roads||Year round||52 weeks||4 weekly|
|High pedestrian use roads||September - April||32 weeks||4 weekly|
|Autumn leaf||May – July||8 weeks||Fortnightly|
|High density parking (Summer)||November – February||9 weeks||3 weekly|
|High density parking (Autumn)||April – July||16 weeks||Fortnightly|
|Summer sweep||November – February||18 weeks||6 weekly|
|White cedar berries||September – November||8 weeks||Fortnightly|
|Acorns||February – March||8 weeks||Fortnightly|
|Car parks||Year round||52 weeks||Quarterly|
|Traffic management devices||July||Once||Annually|
|*The Street Sweeping Program is undertaken by an external contractor and whilst the broad parameters of the program are set by the Council, specific information such as the exact day and time street sweeping may occur, is not known.|
The majority of local roads are swept once every six weeks. This cycle maintains the ideal balance between the removal of accumulated leaf and road litter, aesthetics and cost of delivery.
Residential sweeping happens all year round and results in a total of 546 kilometres of kerbing swept.
Due to the high traffic volume along main arterial roads within the Council area, the following roads are swept all year round on a four weekly cycle, covering a total of 104 kilometres:
|Payneham Road||Lower Portrush Road||Glynburn Road||The Parade|
|OG Road||Portrush Road||Magill Road||Kensington Road|
|Fullarton Road||Hackney Road||North Terrace|
Roads which have high foot traffic are swept during periods of high leaf drop, typically between September and April.
Garden blowers are used to move leaf material away from property boundaries, footpaths, verges and from underneath parked vehicles to the middle of the road, where it can be collected by the street sweeper.
The Autumn Leaf component targets streets lined with Plane and Oak trees, with a focus on the western suburbs of the City.
Debris on roads and footpaths are blown and swept on a fortnightly basis for an eight week period, typically between the months of May to June.
A total of 128 kilometres of kerbing is swept during each cycle.
Streets which experience heavy leaf fall at certain times of the year, coupled with high density parking, are targeted twice during the year, in summer and autumn. These areas are typically in Norwood and Kensington.
Concentrated in the suburbs of Payneham, St Morris and Felixstow, the focus is on clearing the bark and seed pods which drop from Eucalyptus and Queensland Box trees during the summer months.
The White Cedar Berries component is a vital part of the program given the slippery nature of white cedar berry pods and the nuisance the berries can cause.
Depending on the season, streets affected by white cedar berries can be swept weekly over an eight week period.
This is a small targeted component which aims to address issues associated with the drop from acorn trees during February and March each year. Identified streets are attended to fortnightly throughout the eight week program.
Council-owned car parks are swept every three months, to remove any build-up of leaf litter and other materials.
Traffic management devices, such as roundabouts and traffic islands, are swept once a year at the end of autumn, to ensure any build-up of material is removed from this important infrastructure.
Council’s Works Depot
T: 08 8360 9001