Council Roadside Reserves Project

The Council Roadside Reserves (CRR) Project  is funded through the NSW Environmental Trust over 3 years to assist councils to:
  • Assess their roadside reserve areas using a simple rapid assessment tool developed by the project
  • Embed roadside reserve management into council’s internal planning and management systems 
  • Build capacity of councils to manage the environmental values in their roadside reserves.

The CRR project focusses on valuing and managing the natural asset of the roadside reserve in an integrated way across council, managing risks and allowing for strategic prioritisation of works in areas of high biodiversity or ecological value.

It will be delivered in three phases:

  • Phase 1: Development of framework - this involves investigating current vegetation assessment protocols and tools and the development of tools and templates for councils to undertake rapid assessment of roadside reserves and capture their natural asset data.
  • Phase 2: Testing the draft framework - in 2017, grants of up to $50,000 will be available to NSW councils to apply the framework developed for assessing and managing roadside reserves and integrating this data into council management and planning processes. Projects to be funded include: on-ground works, roadside vegetation assessments, integrating roadside vegetation data into other council plans and processes (including IPR processes) and training and skills development.
  • Phase 3: Dissemination and integrated management of assets and risks - this final phase of the project will update the framework with the lessons learnt from Phase 2. The framework will be disseminated to all councils within NSW and enable councils to embed practice change so that best practice roadside environmental management becomes business as usual. 
This project has been assisted by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust.