I strongly support the sentiments of other contributors that I’ve read, namely Dr Jeff Stewart, Dr David Holmgren, Per Bernard and Sarah. I’d also like to add my own perspective.
Roadside foraging and roadside gardening are community activities. Growing vegies and fruit on your verge for the benefit of the community is a heart-warming and community investing activity to do. In these days and times, we need activities that strengthen the community fabric, let alone be a source of food for passers by, which incidentally increases food security for locals.
The health and well-being of a community supports the health and well-being of individuals. As a mental health professional I can tell you that community involvement brings social connection, which can assist in remedying many types of mental illnesses and promote mental well-being. The mental well-being of individuals and the health of our communities is vital to strengthen, not weaken, as we together face growing threats of climate change and bush-fire hazard.
I support others suggestion to form a working party to actively address the above current and future hazards we’re facing, a more pertinent way to use public resources than to be considering such local law amendments.