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WA's first 'turf paving' driveway looks set to pass council test


Widely used by commercial and government bodies on Australia's east coast, Grasscel 'pavers', high-density polyethylene sourced from recycled wheelie bins, have been proven to hold heavy traffic while improving drainage and reducing the need for traditional concrete pavers.

The City of Vincent has previously allowed a resident to use the technology on their driveway, but not allowed it on the crossover (the area that crosses the verge), as Mr Segnini's does.

Asked to consider it in late 2015. Bayswater City had some reservations about how it would hold up under traffic and whether it would confuse other drivers into parking in front of the crossover, but when challenged to make good on its "garden city" slogan allowed the trial, which ends on Friday. 

Mr Segnini said the lawn got watered and mown in the same way an ordinary lawn would.

"It looks pretty good actually," he said.

"We are happy with the final result. At the beginning the whole idea was to minimise the solid surface and it looks like the whole front of our house is lawn.

After the trial ended on Friday, City staff would provide a report to the council to assess in coming months, a spokeswoman said. 

Notwithstanding this, there is already support for the concept.  

"One year on, and the end result looks fantastic," Councillor Chris Cornish said.

"It is testament to the wisdom of allowing alternative ideas and methods to be trialled.

"It would be fantastic if this became commonplace. Our streetscapes would be transformed."

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