Case Studies and Resources
Roadside Vegetation Management Case Studies
Palerang Council – Oallen Road Restoration Project
The Oallen Roadside Restoration project improved the ecological condition, extent and connectivity of native vegetation along the Oallen Road, Palerang, Oallen Road includes largely undisturbed forest connecting several national parks, however historical pine plantations in the area and heavy traffic between the coast and central NSW have introduced a range of weeds that threaten the corridor, endangered ecological community and threatened species.
Read the written case study Palerang Shire Council - Oallen Road Restoration Project (PDF, 272KB). Or watch the video case study below.
Bathurst Council – Protecting and Connecting the Bathurst Copper Butterfly Habitiat
Bathurst Council used its grant funding to improve the habitat and therefore increase the population of the Copper Butterfly – an endangered and high-profile species in the region. Bathurst Council removed 90% of weeds across 26km of road to help the species flourish. Watch the video case study below.
Hunter Councils – Conservation of Weeping Myall Populations in Roadsides
Hunter Councils received $100,000 to undertake weed control works and implement a marker scheme to identify significant areas of Weeping Myall and give guidance on their management. The project addressed issues of remnant vegetation, threatened species and erosion, thereby regenerating sites recognised as matters of national environmental significance. Watch the video case study below.
Further Case Studies
Tweed Shire Council - Roadside Field Reference Notes and Maps (PDF, 263KB)
Tweed Shire Council (TSC) adopted a comprehensive Roadside Vegetation Management Plan in 2013. The field reference notes and maps have been created to assist TSC personnel in making informed decisions when planning and undertaking works in council’s road reserves.
Mid Coast Council Integrating Service Delivery: Roadside Maintenance and Weed Control (PDF, 273KB)
Council developed a simple, cost saving approach to roadside management that increased both their ability to deliver roadside weed management and also increased the amount of roadside maintenance works undertaken.
Snowy Valleys Council - Successful Collaborative Multi-stakeholder Grant Project (PDF, 144KB)
Through working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders this project team was able to significantly decrease an infestation of Chilean Needlegrass by 95%.
Wingecarribee Shire Council - Data Driven Approach (PDF, 116KB)
Wingecarribee Shire Council developed a flexible, transparent and objective data driven GIS tool for strategic roadside vegetation management based on biodiversity outcomes.
- Cooma Monaro Shire Council - Native Roadside Vegetation GIS Layer (PDF, 920KB).
- Gosford City Council - Protection and Restoration of Roadside Populations of Diuris bracteata(PDF, 2.3MB)
- Hunter Councils - On-ground Management of Creek Crossings to Improve Biodiversity and Water Quality (PDF, 781KB)
- Moree Plains Shire Council - Roadside environmental management plan (PDF, 164KB)
- Tumut Shire Council - Managing Roadsides (PDF, 164KB)
- Wingecarribee Shire Council - Habitat Protection on Roadside Reserves (PDF, 172KB).
Roadside Environment Committee Resources
The NSW Government has established the NSW Roadside Environment Committee (REC) to promote and coordinate leading practice in linear reserve environmental management across the State. The REC has a number of resources available to councils to assist in the protection of biodiversity including guidelines on undertaking roadside assessments and preparing Roadside Vegetation Management Plans (RVMP).
The Managing Roadsides guideline documents produced by the REC are available to councils:
- Managing Roadsides - Planning (PDF, 1.4MB)
- Managing Roadsides - Implementation (PDF, 2.4MB)
- Managing Roadsides - Monitoring and Evaluation (PDF, 6MB)
Note that the previous guide on assessment of roadsides has been replaced with the Rapid Assessment Methodology produced through the Council Roadside Reserves project.