A garden makeover at the centre of a dispute between Sutherland Shire Council and Guerrilla Gardeners could wind up in court.
The producers of TEN’s show say a fine from the Council will be challenged in court. It follows the removal of a garden at a Jannali roundabout.
Executive producer Nick Murray said: “Sutherland Council is the only council in Australia to have ripped out a garden that we planted.”
His crew had transformed the roundabout with an old boat, a tall tree, flagpole and plants. But in the style of the show’s clandestine makeovers, it did so without permission.
The council removed the show’s garden, replaced it with native plants, and issued a $600 fine.
The local community rallied to object to the original garden’s removal. They called the council efforts “boring” and landed 400 signatures on a petition objecting to the garden being removed.
Sutherland’s website said, “The Guerrilla Gardeners did not properly prepare the soil, and installed plants and decorations that had the potential to be visual distractions and obstructions for motorists. The flag pole they erected close to overhead power lines also raised public safety concerns.”
It also noted that the incident “has been the subject of inaccurate and biased media reporting.”