Council Roadside Reserves Project

The Council Roadside Reserves (CRR) Project is a three-year project funded by the NSW Environmental Trust and managed by LGNSW.  This project will provide $1.46 million in funding to NSW local councils through a contestable grants process to be implemented over 2017-2019.


The CRR Project has been established to build the capacity of councils to enable values of natural assets in roadside reserves to be embedded into the integrated planning and reporting systems of councils. 

Council Roadside Environmental Management Framework  

LGNSW has developed the Council Roadside Environmental Management Framework (CREMF) (PDF, 2MB) which aims to streamline roadside environmental management in councils.

Grants are available for councils to be part of the statewide pilot program to trial the framework concepts to improve the management and long-term environmental value of their roadside reserve assets.  

Consultation with councils highlighted challenges to the long-term management of roadside environments. This new framework aims to embed roadside environmental management into a council's Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) framework and includes resources and tools to assist councils in the process.

How will implementing the framework assist councils?

The framework looks at councils' many complex road responsibilities holistically and aims to support councils in NSW to navigate complex legislation, meet regulatory requirements, minimise risk and make the process of improving roadside environments more efficient and cost effective.  Embedding roadside environmental management within IP&R has the benefit of streamlining the process by linking it with existing planning, reporting and asset management systems.

The framework provides tools to help councils assess and improve the value of roadside reserves.  It includes innovative solutions to manage roadside reserves as part of councils existing built assets and infrastructure processes. 

Apply for a grant 

Introduction to the CRR grants

For a brief overview of the available grants read Introducing the Council Roadside Reserves Environment Grants (PDF, 1.8MB).

How much is available?

A total of $1.46 million in funding is available to NSW local councils. Councils can apply for up to $50,000. Newly amalgamated councils will be able to apply for up to $80,000 in grant funding in recognition of the larger areas and the need to integrate systems.

Grants of up to $100,000 are available for projects involving two or more councils.

A competitive grant assessment process will be undertaken to determine successful applicants. 

How do I apply?

Refer to the Guidelines for Applicants (PDF, 235KB) and submit an application online

Information sessions

Four CRR grant overview sessions were held across NSW and attended by over 50 participants representing over 30 councils. For those unable to attend a session, Eco Logical Australia's presentation outlining the Council Roadside Environmental Framework is provided below. LGNSW's presentation is available here (PDF, 950KB).

Extension and timeframes

Please note that following feedback from the infomation sessions:

  • Applications now close Tuesday 9 May 2017.
  • Projects are expected to commence by 1 July 2017 and have a maximum of twenty (20) months.
  • All projects must be completed by 28 February 2019.

CREMF Overview Presentation

This project has been assisted by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust.