The Roadside Management Plan:
- Provides the background and context of council managed roads
- Identifies threats and issues relating to roadside environments
- Presents a method for prioritising roadside environmental management (via the mapping)
- Outlines environmental management actions (via the position statements and environmental guidelines).
The Roadside Management Plan (RMP) integrates the three elements of the Wingecarribee Shire Council Integrated Roadside Environmental Management Framework project (2017 – 2019). These elements include a roadside prioritisation mapping product, Position Statements and Environmental Guidelines.
The project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust grant program and supported by LGNSW through the Council Roadside Environmental Management Framework.
The RMP replaces the former Wingecarribee Roadside Management Plan (1998) and Tree Management Plan and Procedure Manual (2005); and complements the current Street Tree Master Plan.
On 20/03/2019, the Environment and Sustainability Advisory Committee endorsed the Final Draft Roadside Management Plan (ES 3/19).
On 10/04/2019, Council adopted the Roadside Management Plan for Council’s operational use (MN 163/19).
The Roadside Management Plan was reviewed in 2020, 12 months after its adoption. The review showed that no changes were required.
Council staff (including its contractors) must use the three key components of the RMP for their various functions that have the potential to interact with the environment – especially roadside vegetation – within Council managed roads.
Although the RMP is primarily intended for Council staff, it may also be used by the wider community to assist with roadside environmental management. For example public authorities may choose to implement the Environmental Guidelines, developers may be required to implement Environmental Guidelines, or the general public may want to have a better understanding of roadside environmental management.
The mapping product is based on a GIS roadside prioritisation model which is the method used for prioritising Council’s roadside environmental management. The model categorises Council's road segments by their conservation value. The categories are referred to as ‘High’, ‘Medium’ and ‘Low’ conservation value road segments. The mapping product also displays other data including certain riparian corridors mapped as Key Fish Habitat, Heritage Items and Conservation Areas.
The mapping product is to be viewed in conjunction with the Environmental Guidelines.
For more information on the mapping product – see the RMP Section 6. Roadside environmental management priority.
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Council has the capacity to manage environmental impact through implementation of the Position Statements. The objective of the Position Statements is to assist managing environmental impact whilst balancing other Council functions associated with management of roads.
The Position Statements have been developed in order to provide a single reference point for all Council staff involved in responding to (community) customer requests that may result in the implementation or approval of works within Council managed roads and that interact with the environment – especially roadside vegetation.
The Position Statements are similar to a policy and relate to works that Council will conduct or approve; or will not conduct or approve. They are the formalised agreed position that Council takes on a particular matters relating to customer requests within a road reserve.
For more information about the Position Statements – see the RMP section 7.1. Position Statements.
For access to the Position Statements – see the RMP Appendix 1 – Position Statements.
Council has the capacity to manage environmental impact through implementation of the Environmental Guidelines.
The Environmental Guidelines relate to the output of the GIS roadside prioritisation model including the three categories of conservation value. Wherever possible, they are structured to firstly avoid impact to certain environmental aspects; and where avoidance is not possible, the guidance is on how to minimise the environmental impact.
The Environmental Guidelines were developed with an emphasis on visual presentation, conciseness and usability and have been prepared by a graphic artist.
The objective of the Environmental Guidelines is to provide guidance on environmental management in relation to specific activities occurring within Council managed roads. This guidance acknowledges that such activities are necessary for road maintenance and construction or other infrastructure.
For more information about the Environmental Guidelines – see the RMP section 7.2. Environmental Guidelines.
For access to the Environmental Guidelines – see the RMP Appendix 2 – Environmental Guidelines.