The two large roundabouts at the Silverdale/Dairy Flat/Hibiscus Coast exit from the northern motorway were planted almost a year ago, following on-going complaints about their shabby state, including through Hibiscus Matters.
The process cost ratepayers around $107,000 which included traffic management while the work took place, over six nights.
Around 3300 plants went in, along with mulch. Recently locals have contacted the paper asking whether the plants are being maintained.
Auckland Council’s area operations manager, Kris Bird says the flowerbeds have been weeded, and there is an infill planting programme planned for the current planting season (June – September) to replace the small number of plants that did not survive.
He says some of the plants died, in part due to cars and trucks illegally driving on the roundabout. Other challenges that Council has noted in the past for this site include poor soil, heat in summer and car exhaust gases.