Why this pensioner just refuses to mow the grass
ROB Andrews doesn't mind mowing the lawn, in fact, he loves to keep his garden neat and tidy but for the past year the Bundaberg man has refused to trim the sidewalk at the front of his home in Curtis St.
According to Mr Andrews, the land is owned by Bundaberg Regional Council and should be maintained by council staff.
"I'm a pensioner and the council already takes $120 out of my pension for rates every two weeks," he said.
"Why should I turn around and then pay extra for petrol, my mower blades and my time and effort to mow somebody else's property. Council wouldn't mow my property for nothing."
When Mr Andrews complained to the council one year ago, he said he was told by a council worker that most people mowed the sidewalk and it was not up to the council to provide the service, even though they already maintained the grass along the roadside.
"I thought, wait a minute- it's your land, your responsibility and you're the one that has to cover the insurance on it. If somebody walks through that and hurts themselves, you're the one that is going to get sued."
Council regulatory services spokesman Wayne Honor said the council regularly mowed unsealed road shoulders - the area between the bitumen and the kerb - however, requested that property owners participate in keeping with civic pride and mow between the kerb and their property line.
"The council acts as trustee of this land on behalf of the public," he said.
"The council does not have the resources to maintain every footpath in the region and to do so would dramatically increase costs and, in turn, rates.
"The broader ratepaying public that does look after their frontages shouldn't be subsidising the maintenance for those who choose not to look after their footpaths."
With the grass on the pathway nearing a metre high, Mr Andrews has recently erected a sign on his front fence to inform people of whom to complain to if accident or injury was to occur.
"I put the sign on the fence for anyone who does walk through this area and hurts themselves, to inform them not to come to me for any insurance. They would have to go and see the council about it," he said.
"I have spoken to my insurance broker who told me that, when it comes down to it, the council would be liable because it is their land."