Roadside Corridor Management Project
Mid-Western Regional Council has approximately 2445km of rural roads. This comprises of approximately 1070km of sealed roads and 1375km unsealed with a total area of roadside reserve of approximately 6075 hectares.
The roadside corridors are, in many parts of the LGA, the only places where native vegetation remains uncleared. These corridors are vital for flora and fauna, as they provide habitats and corridors for movement across the landscape.
Issues for Council in the management of our roadside corridors include:
- Loss of vegetation during road upgrade and construction works
- Noxious & environmental weeds
- Impacts from roadside mowing, slashing and spraying
- Impacts from utilities
- Hollow bearing trees and potential risk to safety
- Unauthorised or illegal activities
- Bush fire hazard reduction works
- Drain and road verge maintenance procedures
- Materials stockpiling
- Drainage and water runoff
- Barriers to fish passage
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To be in a position to manage these issues, Council requires good quality, comprehensive information to be readily available and accessible. The roadside corridor management project begun in 2011 with a grant funding from the NSW Environmental Trust and Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW. This project-
- Assessed, ranked and mapped roadside corridor conditions within our LGA
- Prioritised areas for actions and provided management guidelines aimed at improving habitat values and remnant vegetation condition particularly in identified high conservation value areas
- Identification of Threatened Species (or potential habitat) and communities and regionally significant species and communities.
- Provided tools for assessment that are repeatable and provide qualitative and quantitative data for analysis, assessment and reporting.
- Undertook on ground rehabilitation works including weed and erosion control on area of high conservation value
The information gathered and tools we have are:
Roadside Vegetation Assessment Report (PDF 4Mb)documents the methods and findings of the roadside corridor survey
Roadside Vegetation database presenting all data collected and collated in GIS format (to come)
Roadside Management Guidelines (PDF 14Mb) created to assist Council personnel involved in the management of roadside environments in making informed decisions when planning and undertaking works in Council's road reserves.
Roadside Vegetation and Prioritisation for Rehabilitation (PDF 37Mb)analysis the available information on roadside corridors to determine priorities for the strategic planning of maintenance for healthy roadside corridors
Following on from the vegetation surveys and mapping Council received additional grant funding from the NSW Environmental Trust and Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW in 2012 to implement the enviromarkers initiative.
Over 500 red guideposts were installed by Mid-Western Regional Council in August 2012; indicating a road area of highly significant vegetation to Council road crews and contractors. The posts display a green, blue or yellow sticker indicating different environmental values. The distance and side of the road is also marked on each post.