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Vegetation management

Roadside Vegetation Management Plan

Since the introduction of the Native Vegetation Act 1991, local councils have been required to manage vegetation on roadsides by either applying guidelines issued by the Native Vegetation Council (NVC), or by developing a Roadside Vegetation Management Plan (RVMP) approved by the NVC. We have adopted RVMP (2010) that is currently being reviewed.

There are a number of ways we are managing native vegetation in our area including:

  • The update and development of a Roadside Vegetation Management Plan (RVMP),
  • Maintaining and management of our Council Roadside Marker Scheme (RMS), and,
  • The protection and improvement of remnant native vegetation in our parks and gardens.

Roadside marker scheme

The Roadside Marker Scheme (RMS) is an important and valuable means of identifying, managing and protecting significant roadside vegetation. RMS sites are identified by small blue marker signs with a unique identification number at the start and end of important areas. The marker system ensures that those involved in road-related works (e.g. road upgrades, maintenance, and pest control programs) are aware of the location of these sensitive roadside areas, thereby protecting them from disturbance (NVC 2019a).

We have the principal responsibility for the care and control of the roadside along all public roads. The RMS has been designed to identify sites of conservation significance, which are protected by legislation. These signs allow sites to be easily identified by the work crews.

We have 82 RMS spread across the Valley. Each site has been surveyed and flora and fauna lists are compiled to identify native and introduced vegetation for on-going management. Collectively, these sites cover over 100km of roadsides.

As remnant native vegetation is highly fragmented throughout the Mount Lofty Ranges, our existing roadside vegetation is extremely valuable and provides important habitat (food resources and shelter) for native fauna. These sites are a source of valuable seed for local revegetation projects.

There are six established Trees for Life (TFL) Bush for Life (BFL) sites across the Council area, some being located within RMS sites. Volunteers work to reduce threats in these sites and are always looking for recruits.

If you are lucky enough to live close to one of these sites and wish to know more about what is growing there, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Removal of native vegetation and when approval is required

Native vegetation in South Australia (except parts of metropolitan Adelaide) is protected. You may need to apply to clear native vegetation. This is a separate process to the Development Act approval process.

See maps to find out where the protection under the Native Vegetation Act applies.

For further information regarding recent changes to development assessment please visit, SA Planning Portal website.

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