What is being decided?
The Native Vegetation Council has developed new interim guidelines for managing native vegetation on roadsides across South Australia and you are invited to give your feedback.
The Interim Guidelines for the Management of Roadside Native Vegetation provide guidance for local councils and the Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) for removing native vegetation to maintain safety and visibility along roadsides, while retaining important native vegetation.
The new guidelines aim to provide local councils and DPTI with greater capacity to clear roadside vegetation and provide the pathway for removing native vegetation that poses a safety concern. They also outline when approval is required by the Native Vegetation Council and how it should be obtained.
What are the changes?
The Interim Guidelines will allow greater capacity for clearance of native vegetation regrowth on roadsides up to 20 years of age (previously 5 years). This will allow local councils and DPTI to undertake the majority of their roadside vegetation maintenance without requiring any approval. Where an approval is required, less information is needed.
For native vegetation clearance that involves broader clearance envelopes than the guidelines specify for clearance height, roadside furniture, visibility or sight distances, or verge clearance, a management plan can be developed for the Native Vegetation Council’s consideration and endorsement.
Read the fact sheet for more information.
Provide your feedback on the The Interim Guidelines for the Management of Roadside Native Vegetation by:
Please note that feedback cannot be accepted by phone.
How can your input influence the decision?
Your feedback will inform the development of the final guidelines. It will help ensure the guidelines give local councils the right level of flexibility to make decisions about clearing native vegetation on roadsides. Your input will also ensure the right level of information is provided when approval is required to clear vegetation.
Overall, your input will help protect native vegetation of high conservation value along roadsides.