Roadsides and Reserves

Council is responsible for managing:

  • around 50 reserves, totalling more than 120 hectares
  • over 280 roadsides totalling more than 1,200 km’s
  • unused road reserves

Management and maintenance responsibilities include:

  • Weed control
  • Habitat enhancement and threatened species management
  • Revegetation
  • Vegetation control (safety and line of sight clearances)
  • Fuel reduction works

Click here(PDF, 1015KB) to download Council's Roadside Weed and Pest Animal Plan 2015 - 2017.

Roadside vegetation management

Council's roadsides are susceptible to invasion by pest plants and animals, encroachments of farming activities and urban development, firewood collection, road maintenance and construction works, inappropriate fire prevention activities and the installation and maintenance of utility services.

These activities, when managed inappropriately, have the potential to negatively impact roadside vegetation and reduce the quality of roadside environments.

Over 280 roadsides have been assessed for conservation value using the following methodologies:

In-Situ Value (site specific):

  • Very High = 15 roads (5.2%)
  • High = 59 roads (20.4%)
  • Medium = 89 roads (30.8%)
  • Low = 126 roads (43.6%)

Landscape Value:

  • Very High = 10 roads (3.5%)
  • High = 47 roads (16.3%)
  • Medium = 77 roads (26.6%)
  • Low = 155 roads (53.6%)

To simplify the value classification system, we have separated the conservation values of roadsides into three broad categories:

  • Highly Significant Roadsides - Roadsides rated as Very High or High

  • Significant Area on a Roadside - Roadsides rated as Medium or Low that have areas or pockets of high or very high conservation value

  • Lower Significance Roadsides - Roadsides rated as Medium or Low along ‘whole of roadside’

Flora Protection

There are a number of rare and vulnerable plants on Murrindindi Shire roadsides including:

  • Silky Golden Tip (Goodia lotifolia var. pubescens)
  • Round-leaf Pomaderris (Pomaderris vaccinifolia)
  • Slender Tick-trefoil (Desmodium varians)
  • Highland Bush Pea (Putlenaea willamsonii)

Further information on these and other species is available from the Native Flora and Fauna webpage.

Roadside Management

Council has adopted its Rural Roadside Management Plan to provide clearer guidance for works on roadsides such as fire prevention or asset maintenance activities. 

The Plan also has a set of companion documents including a set of Rural Roadside Management Guidelines to assist the community and other agencies understand what can and cannot be done on rural roadsides in the way of works, and a Rural Roadside Code of Practice (for Council operations only).

A copy of the documents are provided in the links below:

If you would like any of these documents in print copy, please contact Council’s Coordinator Environmental Programs Unit on 5772 0333.

These plans help Council staff, contractors, utility service authorities, other government agencies and residents understand what needs to be considered when undertaking specific activities such as asset maintenance, weed control, revegetation, fire prevention works, firewood collection and livestock grazing. Management treatments for such activities will be undertaken based on an understanding of conservation significance.

Reserves Management

Reserves are areas of open grassland, native vegetation, or waterways. The primary purpose of a Council reserve is for recreational use and/or biodiversity value. Many of Council reserves provide habitat for native flora and fauna, some of which are threatened species at national and state levels.

The majority of Council’s reserves are less than five hectares in size, and the largest of reserves cover areas up to 20 hectares. Often these reserves occur in fragmented landscapes, such as in residential or peri-urban areas of development. This increases their conservation significance, as many are the last remaining refuge for rare, threatened or endangered species.

Some of Council’s reserves are maintained by Friends of Groups, Landcare groups and/or Committees of Management.