Resources and Case Studies

Council Roadside Reserves Project Resources

Council Roadside Environmental Management Framework (CREMF)

Local Government NSW has developed a Council Roadside Environmental Management Framework (CREMF) (PDF, 2MB) which aims to streamline roadside environmental management in councils. This new framework aims to embed roadside environmental management into council’s Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) framework and includes resources and tools to assist councils in the process.

Overview Presentation

LGNSW has developed an overview of the framework (PPT, 3.5MB). The slides include speakers notes and have been developed so that the presentation can be used directly or edited with acknowledgement of the original authors.

Rapid Assessment Field Guideline and Proformas

The Rapid Assessment Methodology (RAM) (PDF, 296KB) provides councils with a tool to capture current information on roadside reserve environmental characteristics. The development of the RAM is a joint project between LGNSW and LLS and funded by the NSW Environmental Trust.  Some changes have been made to the previous version of the RAM based on feedback from users, A simplified version will ensure rapid assessments in the field can be achieved. 

Further support on using the RAM including a detailed guideline will be promoted to councils once available (expected August 2017).  For further information please email Kathy Godfrey.

Training resources

Environmental Data for Site Management (PDF, 4.5MB)

These slides cover how to establish a sound data foundation to support management of roadside environments. 

Topics covered include:
1. Characterising roadside environments
2. Ranking environmental conservation significance of roadsides
The slides include speakers notes and have been developed so that the presentation can be used directly or edited with acknowledgement of the original authors.
Ecological Impact Assessment of Council Roadside Activities Training (PDF 7.3MB)
These slides cover legislative obligations in undertaking an ecological impact assessment of council activities which have the potential to impact natural features of the roadside environment. The slides include speakers notes and have been developed so that the presentation can be used directly or edited with acknowledgement of the original authors.
Site Management Checklists and Safeguards (PDF, 2.3MB)
These slides cover:
  • An introduction to checklists and safeguards
  • Example pre-construction checklist
  • Practical safeguards for common works in roadside environments


Council Roadside Vegetation Management Plan Template (Word, 51KB)
The RVMP template was developed to be used by councils in the context of the Council Roadside Environmental Management Framework. The template is designed for councils to adapt, with citation, as required.
Review of Environmental Factors Template (Word, 117KB)
The REF template was developed to be used by councils who do not have an existing template available to assess environmental impacts.

Other resources

State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) Flowchart (PDF, 333KB) 
The ISEPP flowchart is provided to guide councils in determining whether roadworks undertaken by council are classified as exempt development or require additional assessment in accordance with Part 4 and Part 5 of the EP&A Act.
Example Pre-Construction Checklist (Word, 42KB)
The checklist provides a quick reference check to ensure that the key environmental factors have been considered prior to undertaking any works within the roadside reserve. 

Case Studies

Tweed Shire Council - Roadside Field Reference Notes and Maps (PDF, 263KB)
Tweed Shire Council (TSC) adopted a comprehensive Roadside Vegetation Management Plan in 2013.  The field reference notes and maps have been created to assist TSC personnel in making informed decisions when planning and undertaking works in council’s road reserves.
Mid Coast Council Integrating Service Delivery: Roadside Maintenance and Weed Control (PDF, 273KB) 
Council developed a simple, cost saving approach to roadside management that increased both their ability to deliver roadside weed management and also increased the amount of roadside maintenance works undertaken. 
Snowy Valleys Council - Successful Collaborative Multi-stakeholder Grant Project (PDF, 144KB)
Through working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders this project team was able to significantly decrease an infestation of Chilean Needlegrass by 95%. 
Wingecarribee Shire Council - Data Driven Approach (PDF, 116KB) 
Wingecarribee Shire Council developed a flexible, transparent and objective data driven GIS tool for strategic roadside vegetation management based on biodiversity outcomes. 

Roadside Environment Committee Resources 

The NSW Government has established the NSW Roadside Environment Committee (REC) to promote and coordinate leading practice in linear reserve environmental management across the State. The REC has a number of resources available to councils to assist in the protection of biodiversity including guidelines on undertaking roadside assessments and preparing Roadside Vegetation Management Plans (RVMP). 

The Managing Roadsides guideline documents produced by the REC are available to councils:

Roadside Vegetation Management Case Studies

Specific case studies on how councils have used funding under the previous Roadside Vegetation Implementation Project to undertake priority roadside vegetation management works are provided below.

Palerang Council – Oallen Road Restoration Project

The Oallen Roadside Restoration project improved the ecological condition, extent and connectivity of native vegetation along the Oallen Road, Palerang, Oallen Road includes largely undisturbed forest connecting several national parks, however historical pine plantations in the area and heavy traffic between the coast and central NSW have introduced a range of weeds that threaten the corridor, endangered ecological community and threatened species.

Read the written case study Palerang Shire Council - Oallen Road Restoration Project (PDF, 272KB). Or watch the video case study below.

Bathurst Council – Protecting and Connecting the Bathurst Copper Butterfly Habitiat

Bathurst Council used its grant funding to improve the habitat and therefore increase the population of the Copper Butterfly – an endangered and high-profile species in the region. Bathurst Council removed 90% of weeds across 26km of road to help the species flourish. Watch the video case study below.

Hunter Councils – Conservation of Weeping Myall Populations in Roadsides

Hunter Councils received $100,000 to undertake weed control works and implement a marker scheme to identify significant areas of Weeping Myall and give guidance on their management. The project addressed issues of remnant vegetation, threatened species and erosion, thereby regenerating sites recognised as matters of national environmental significance. Watch the video case study below.

Further case studies