Council rolls out Roadside Vegetation Management Plan
Red and yellow roadside markers are currently being installed beside rural roads around the Tweed to aid Council staff and contractors who work in these areas in protecting native vegetation.
Photo stock Big Volcano: Tweed River bank with Mount Nullum and Mt Warning.
Council’s Bushland Officer John Turnbull said the visual cues were part of a wider initiative currently being rolled out by Tweed Shire Council, the Roadside Vegetation Management Plan (RVMP).
“Red marker posts indicate the start and end point of High Conservation Value vegetation areas and the yellow marker posts indicate sections of Medium Conservation Value areas,” Mr Turnbull said.
“The use of roadside markers has proven successful in other NSW Local Government areas and interstate, and will complement Council’s rural road management activities undertaken by the Roads and Stormwater Unit.
“Roadside work crews will carry hard copy maps and field reference notes developed during the RVMP project that outline management guidelines for each zone.
“These guidelines will identify a range of activities that are undertaken during routine road construction and maintenance, and whether or not the activities are permissible in a particular zone,” he said.
“Keeping roads safe for drivers usually requires clearing vegetation, so the RVMP defines vegetation-clearing zones which are kept clear of intruding vegetation.”
Mr Turnbull said all rural roadsides not included in these two zones had been mapped as Low Conservation Value.
“These roadsides are predominately grassy and clear of native vegetation and the preferred maintenance strategy will be slashing or mowing. However, all habitat features including isolated stands of remnant vegetation or trees with hollows will be protected,” he said.
“These roadsides will also provide locations where machinery can be parked and construction materials can be stockpiled without adverse impacts on native vegetation.”
Additional markers will be installed in the New Year to identify threatened plant species and Endangered Ecological Communities.
To view the Roadside Vegetation Management Plan, which includes detailed guidelines on the conservation zones, visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/Biodiversity/Strategies
Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom 9/12/15