Managing roadside native vegetation - new support documents released

Date posted: 31 January 2013

South Australia’s roadside native vegetation is a valuable but dwindling asset, providing habitat for native species, stabilising soil, acting as shelter belts for agriculture, and providing diversity in the landscape.

Local councils are responsible for managing many thousands of hectares of native vegetation along roadways in their area, and must adhere to the corresponding laws and regulations. To support them, DEWNR’s Native Vegetation and Biodiversity Management Unit, on behalf of the Native Vegetation Council, has released a suite of documents.

The document suite includes:

  • Guidelines for the Management of Roadside Vegetation (revised) 
  • Preparing Roadside Management Plans: a guide to assist local councils
  • Roadside Vegetation Management Plans template. 

The Guidelines outlines specific roadside vegetation management circumstances that are exempt under the Regulations, including some road construction, boundary fencing issues, and provision of power and other services.

Alternatively, councils may opt to develop a Roadside Vegetation Management Plan which, when endorsed by the Native Vegetation Council, provides autonomy in the management of roadside vegetation issues. 

The new guide to preparing management plans, together with the adaptable Roadside Vegetation Management Plan template, will support local councils in preparing a plan that meets their requirements and identifies relevant issues in their district.

To download the documents visit our Clearance guidelines web page.

For further information contact the Native Vegetation Biodiversity and Management Unit on (08) 8303 9777 or email