Local government has a number of core responsibilities when it comes to managing roadside reserves, including the environmental value of these areas.
Roadside reserves are complex environments due to competing values, with a wide range of issues to consider including road safety, conservation, cultural values, bushfire risk, recreational use, legal requirements and development pressures.
Roadside reserves may contain significant native biodiversity, including ecological communities that may not be represented in national parks, public reserves or private land. They provide valuable wildlife habitat and corridors, especially when linked with other native vegetation remnants in the landscape. They also provide connectivity, which may assist in ensuring environments are more sustainable in the longer term.