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Snake spotted in overgrown Mill Park nature strip

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Pam Kiriakidis
Pam Kiriakidis
Pam Kiriakidis has worked as a journalist at the North Central Review since 2022, with a particular focus on the City of Whittlesea and stories for the Whittlesea Review. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media and Communications majoring in journalism and focuses on politics, community, and health with the occasional niche sports story finding its way in front of her.

Mill Park residents are concerned about the maintenance of an overgrown median strip near a medical clinic on Childs Road, where a snake was spotted in the grass.

Nearby residents Fiona and Indigo were crossing the median strip, with grass higher than knee length, to reach the Childs Road Medical Clinic earlier this month.

While the housemates had complained to City of Whittlesea for months over the ‘neglected’ grass, they recently found a tiger snake in the grass.

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Indigo then took charge of the situation and mowed the strip and a path near the medical clinic, providing a safe passage for when people cross the road, especially elderly reaching the clinic.

Fiona said the overgrown grass had remained hazardous further east at the intersection of Childs and Plenty roads, about 200 metres from where the snake was seen, and was blocking the view of traffic.

Following complaints, the median strip – from where Indigo mowed, to the intersection of Childs Road and Plenty Road – was mowed by workers.

Fiona said she had written to both VicRoads and the City of Whittlesea about the grass and snake.

A City of Whittlesea spokesperson said while council was responsible for maintenance on local roads, Childs Road was not one of them.

“The road and median strip on Childs Road, Mill Park is maintained by VicRoads,” they said.

“The responsibility for the maintenance of grass on roadsides and median strips varies.

“Council is responsible for maintenance on local roads while VicRoads is responsible for maintenance on arterial (main) roads.”

The spokesperson referred to a list on council’s website that provides more information on which roads are maintained by council or VicRoads, which can be found at www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/parking-roads-footpaths/road-safety/road-maintenance/.

The spokesperson advised residents to report any maintenance issues on arterial roads to VicRoads on 131 170 or via their website.

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