Street Sweeping

Our Street Sweeping Program is designed to effectively manage the tidying of tree-lined streets in a coordinated manner.  

Autumn leaf collectionThe 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

 Program component




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.

Program components


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.  

Main roads  

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  

High pedestrian use roads

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.

Autumn leaf  

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.

High density parking

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.

Summer sweeping

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.

White cedar berries  

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.


Car parks  

Council-owned car parks are swept every three months, to remove any build-up of leaf litter and other materials.


Traffic management devices  

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