Some of our trees are very old and very fragile. Please take care of them! Parents should discourage children from climbing them or swinging from their branches in case they break.
In past years, we have been challenged by very low rainfall and corresponding water restrictions, so the garden has been difficult to maintain. Most spray irrigation has been replaced with drip systems. The lawns have irrigation pipes and control wiring at shallow depths, so to avoid damage to these underground pipes and wires, don’t use spikes to secure marquees, tents, picnic or games equipment.
Ardoch’s flowers are there for everyone to enjoy. Picking the occasional flower or two is fine but gathering whole bunches of flowers for personal use is not allowed. Similarly, herb plantings are there for everyone but be considerate and leave enough for others.
The OC employs a gardener to look after our gardens. If you have any ideas or comments about the gardens, please email the OC Manager (email@example.com). Responding to requests by individual residents is not part of the gardener's contractual duties and refusal may offend.
To be fair to all, any damage caused to the gardens or trees will be charged to the responsible owner. Owners should make their tenants aware of this!
The Village Green and gardens are a prime feature of Ardoch and residents are welcome to use and enjoy them. However, remember that your neighbours have the right to quiet enjoyment of their home too. Please keep this in mind if you are planning a larger than usual function.
Here’s a few sensible rules to follow if you’re planning an function for more than 25 people:
- Email the OC Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) first to check if there are any other events planned for the same day.
- If you’re going to play music, make sure it’s within EPA guidelines. This means:
- not after 11pm on a Friday, Saturday or public holiday; and not after 10pm Monday to Thursday or Sundays
- no louder than what could be heard in a bedroom or living room with the doors closed.
- Be aware that your neighbours may object to “unreasonable noise”. By all means have a good time but please respect your neighbours and their right to quiet enjoyment of their home.
- If you’re planning to put up a marquee, check with the OC Manager. Ardoch has watering system pipes and cables just below the surface of all our lawns and so you can’t use spikes to secure your marquee. Use sand bags or shot bags instead.
Ardoch has 15 visitor car spaces but if you’re expecting a larger than normal number of guests, make sure you inform them where they can park legally, to avoid parking tickets. After 6pm, there’s no restrictions on parking in Pilley St but be careful if you’re having an afternoon event – there’s a 2 hour restriction on the east side of Pilley St. On Dandenong Rd, parking should be fine on the weekends but be warned! Dandenong Rd is a clearway on weekday mornings and cars will be towed away if still there at 6.30am.
Use of the pool is fine as long as guests observe the pool rules: shower before use, no running or rough play, no alcohol or food, no smoking, and absolutely no glasses or bottles in the pool area – just too dangerous! Children under 16 using the pool must be supervised by a responsible adult.
After your function, you must ensure a proper clean up within 2 hours of the event. If there’s any damage the OC has to make good, you will be charged for the cost. Please ensure your guests behave responsibly so you are not out of pocket.
We hope you and your guests enjoy your function, respecting that you are sharing with all the rest of us our beautiful home.
Policy approved by the Committee of Management at its meeting, 10 January 2018.
Ardoch’s gardens and The Green are central to our beautiful surroundings.
Pot plants can be a welcome addition, adding colour and variety to our garden landscape.
However, there are a few simple rules to follow to ensure the safety of people and to avoid damage to property:
- If pots are placed on paths, please ensure they are well out of the way of passing pedestrians.
- If pots are placed on balconies or stairway pillars, please ensure they are on suitably sized saucers to ensure no excess water drips onto walls or stairs, as this can cause expensive water damage to those areas.
Policy approved by the Committee of Management at its meeting of 6 December 2017