Roadside Environmental Management

Roadside reserves are complex environments due to competing values and a wide range of issues to consider including road safety, conservation, cultural values, firewood collection, bushfire risk, recreational use, legal requirements and development pressures.

Local Government has a key role in managing local and regional road reserves, and some aspects of state road reserves across NSW, including the envirnomental values of these areas.

Roadside reserves contain significant native biodiversity, including ecological communities that may not be represented in national parks, public reserves or private land. They provide valuable wildlife habitats and corridors, especially when linked with other native vegetation remnants in the landscape, and provide connectivity which may assist in ensuring roaside environments are more sustainable in the longer term.

Council Roadside Reserves Project

The NSW Environmental Trust has provided funding for the Council Roadside Reserves Project to be implemented over 2016-2019 to assist councils in this process.

Roadside Vegetation Implementation Project

The Roadside Vegetation Implementation Project (RVIP) was funded by the NSW Environmental Trust  and included two rounds of contestable grants for NSW councils to undertake priority roadside vegetation management works.

These grants were allocated to council projects in 2012 and 2013 providing a total of $2.13 million to councils. Grants were available to councils with endorsed Roadside Vegetation Management Plans (RVMP), or other equivalent approved plans.

The RVIP was evaluated by the Natural Resource Commission in December 2014. View the final evaulation report on the Natural Resources Commission's website.