Susy Cenedese
Strategy Manager, Environment
Phone: 02 9242 4080
[email protected]

Roadside Environmental Management

Local government has a number of core responsibilities when it comes to managing roadside reserves, including the environmental value of these areas.

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

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

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Council Roadside Reserves Project

Funded by the NSW Environmental Trust to build the capacity of councils and to assist them to integrate roadside reserve management into their systems and processes.

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Strategic Documents

The Council Roadside Environmental Management Framework and the Roadside Vegetation Management Plan template aim to help councils strategically manage roadside reserves.

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Review of Environmental Factors Templates and Resources

A range of templates and resources developed to assist councils to assess the potential impacts of their roadside activities on the environment.

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Rapid Assessment Methodology

Learn how to use the Rapid Assessment Methodology to assess the conservation value of roadside reserves.

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Asset Management

Interested in developing natural asset management plans? These templates will guide you through the process.

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Case Study Videos

Hear about some of the great work undertaken by two councils funded through the Council Roadside Reserves Program.

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Case Studies and Resources

Read about a variety of roadside reserve projects undertaken by councils throughout NSW.

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Council Roadside Reserves Training

Learn more about managing roadside reserves through these four eLearning modules.

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