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Grass turfed out for native plants
Town of Vincent deputy mayor Warren McGrath at Kyilla Park where the road verge has been planted with Australian natives. Picture: Nic Ellis/The West Australian

One of Perth's biggest councils is removing turf from grassed areas and replacing it with native plants in a bid to cut down on water and energy use and ease urban heat.

The City of Vincent said it was turning to native plants amid fears that Perth was running out of groundwater and would soon have to start drilling deeper underground to find supplies for its parks and ovals. The move comes after the Water Corporation said last year Perth would save at least 45 billion litres of water a year if every home had native plants rather than thirsty - and often exotic - species and lawns.

As part of the City of Vincent's plans, which have a budget of $80,000 a year running over 10 years, turf on parts of Kyilla Park in North Perth and the Loftus Street median strips have been turned into native gardens.

The council's deputy mayor Warren McGrath said that once the plants were established they would only need a fraction of the water required by lawns and many other existing plants.

He said parks would not be affected because the council was targeting areas not used for recreation.