HINDMARSH Shire Council endorsed the release of the Draft Roadside Management Strategy for public and stakeholder comment at Council’s meeting last Wednesday.
HSC is developing a Roadside Management Plan that will provide strategic direction for the next four years. To gain understanding of the issues, Council has undertaken a series of stakeholder workshops and community consultation processes, including workshops with Councillors at Council meetings and briefings. Responses from all consultations were taken into account in preparing the draft.
Four key areas of risk in roadside management were identified and include: management of fire; ecological conservation; functional uses of roadsides, i.e. utility services, construction/maintenance work; and limitation or eradication of pest plants and animals.
Desired outcomes of community and stakeholder engagement include:
• agreement on roadside management roles, responsibilities and functions;
• resolution between road uses and environment protection;
• development of broad-based agreed guidelines on roadside management;
• changes in interpretation of the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 regarding responsibility for roadside weeds;
• 2009 Royal Bushfire Commission Final Report recommendations and;
• listing of several vegetation communities under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The draft strategy will be available on the Hindmarsh website at www.hindmarsh.vic.gov.au and Council will call for public comment through media and advertisements, for a period of 21 days. The final strategy will be presented to Council for adoption at the August meeting.