Rural Roadside Management Plan

Submissions closing on 29 May 2022, 05:00 PM

Rural roadside

Draft Plan for feedback
Feedback from community and various stakeholders on the Issues & Opportunities Paper has been considered and incorporated into the Draft Rural Roadside Management Plan(PDF, 5MB), which is now released for public consultation. 

Our new Rural Roadside Management Plan is being developed to replace the previous plan(PDF, 3MB) which expired in 2019. 

The aim of the Plan will be to protect important  roadside values, such as indigenous vegetation, heritage sites and landforms, whilst still providing for essential road and roadside functions; such as transport, power and water utilities. It covers Council-managed rural roadsides and issues including weed control, fire risk reduction, maintenance, access, climate change, native vegetation, biodiversity and cultural heritage.

Our community is encouraged to provide feedback, via the online form, for the plan and its various goals and strategic actions. 

Goal 1: Roadsides are safe and all roadside users understand their responsibilities

Goal 1: Roadsides are safe and all roadside users understand their responsibilities

Roadsides need to be well managed and users (Council and others e.g. service providers and landholders) need to know their responsibilities, under Federal and State government legislation and local laws, when working on roadsides.  

To achieve this goal Council will:

  1. Maintain roadsides to their current standard making improvements in safety where possible.

  2. Ensure works on roadsides are conducted using best practices to manage risks to people and the environment.

  3. Undertake activities that reduce risks posed by vegetation, bushfire, pest plants and animals and inadequate drainage

  4. Be active in demonstrating a positive role in roadside management to others.
Goal 2: Roadsides are well-managed to protect their wider values

To achieve this goal, Corangamite Shire Council has three key roles:

  1. Legislative compliance - ensuring that council staff, contractors and permitted users of roadsides comply with relevant legislation aimed at protecting roadside values. This includes the EPBC Act 1999, the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988, Aboriginal and Heritage Act 2006, Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994, the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and relevant components of the local planning scheme.

  2. Protecting and enhancing roadside values - through targeted activities. This includes e.g. identifying sites that are priorities for protection, and undertaking actions such as revegetation and weed control. 

  3. Improving awareness and understanding of roadside values - by producing, collating and sharing information (through e.g. online materials, interpretive signage etc) Council aims to increase awareness and understanding of the key values on roadsides amongst partner organisations, other stakeholders and the wider public.
Goal 3: Corangamite Shire Council provides strong leadership, embedding best practice in roadside management

Corangamite Shire Council has a variety of roles to play in order to achieve this goal, including:

  1. Sharing information and facilitating community engagement: ensuring that Council is a trusted source of information and guidance on roadside values and permitted activities.

  2. Ensuring evidence-based best practice is embedded in management activities carried out by Council, Council-managed contractors and utilities, as well as forming the basis of  information and guidance on managing roadside values.

  3. Monitoring, evaluating and improving Council’s performance in delivering the objectives set out in the plan.

 

Feedback will be received until Sunday 29 May.

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