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Combine good rainfall and a few warm days and Canberra has the perennial problem: fast-growing tall grass and a government struggling to keep up to keep growth low. Canberra Liberals will use a motion in the ACT Legislative Assembly on Thursday to call on the area’s government to increase funding for its public land-mowing program and explore ways to improve the current mowing program. Opposition spokeswoman for city services, Nicole Lawder, said the government needed to invest better in the mowing operation, which was supposed to resolve a long-running issue in the ACT that her voters regularly raised. “The complaints range from visibility on roundabouts, it ranges from safety in terms of snakes in the long grass when walking through some of the shared paths, it ranges from concerns about the bushfire and fire hazard from long grass, and simply to people who take pride in their area and want to enjoy the visual amenities of their suburb,” said Ms Lawder. Ms Lawder said a temporary increase in the mowing budget made last November should be permanent. “The mowers do a great job, often in difficult conditions. It can be very hot, it can be dusty. It’s no fun. They don’t get the resources they need to do the work the Canberrans expect,” she said. The ACT government is responsible for mowing more than 4,300 acres of suburban land in the area, and the annual mowing program, which began Sept. 1, uses a fleet of 73 mowers covering 68 acres every four weeks. City Services Minister Chris Steel said a wet winter at the time meant there would be fast-growing grass in Canberra and crews would focus on areas to avoid line of sight problems for drivers. “We will also be expanding the irrigated parks around the city staggered times and ACT government sports grounds, which are currently seeing additional traffic with more Canberrans doing individual exercise outside,” said Mr Steel. “We ask for understanding and patience from community as our crews work to mow priority areas in the city while meeting current health guidelines.” The ACT cabinet will amend Ms Lawder’s motion. A map published by the Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate shows that key areas in Canberra’s urban areas will be mowed over the next two weeks. The mowing program was also delayed last year due to wet weather, which prevented mowing from being completed on rainy days. “Every effort is being made to maximize the use of existing mowing resources, including running longer mowing shifts on weekdays and weekends, prioritizing mowing to ensure minimum safety and access standards are met, and getting help from mowing contractors” , is written in a government letter in February. MORE ACT POLITICAL NEWS: Up to 80 millimeters of rain is expected in Canberra on Thursday and Friday, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning of possible heavy falls and the chance of thunderstorms. Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Hugh McDowell said Canberra will experience fairly frequent showers over the next two days, with an area of ​​low pressure moving inland and pushing over the Canberra region. “There will be continued showers due to a trough over eastern NSW on Saturday, not as much rain on Saturday. … There could be a few sunny breaks on Saturday and for the most part it won’t be wet,” said Mr. McDowell. Sunbathers will have to wait until next week for periods of good sunshine, but there were almost equal chances that Canberra would experience an average amount of rain in the summer. Mr McDowell said there was a total of 62 percent above average rainfall in Canberra in the summer, which was little more than a 50-50 chance. “It doesn’t look like there’s a strong chance of a watered-down summer,” he said. Our journalists work hard to provide local, current news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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