Roadside Environmental Management

Roadside reserves are complex environments due to competing values and a wide range of issues to consider including road safety, conservation, cultural values, firewood collection, bushfire risk, recreational use, legal requirements and development pressures.

The Role of Local Government

Local Government has a key role in managing local and regional road reserves, and some aspects of state road reserves across NSW, including the environmental values of these areas.

Roadside reserves contain significant native biodiversity, including ecological communities that may not be represented in national parks, public reserves or private land. They provide valuable wildlife habitats and corridors, especially when linked with other native vegetation remnants in the landscape, and provide connectivity which may assist in ensuring roaside environments are more sustainable in the longer term.


LGNSW manages the Council Roadside Reserves (CRR) Project - a three-year project funded by the NSW Environmental Trust. This project will provide $1.46 million in funding to NSW local councils through a contestable grants process to be implemented over 2017-2019.

Grants close 9 May 2017. Find out more.