Council is responsible for 1,700km of roadsides in the Macedon Ranges.
With limited resources, we need to strike the right balance between making our roads safe for drivers, preventing fires from starting on our roadsides, and protecting our natural environment. We also need to comply with native vegetation regulations.
In urban areas, roadsides are landscaped to enhance the aesthetics of our towns. In rural areas, we focus our resources on community safety and environmental biodiversity.
VicRoads and Council: who manages what?
Council, VicRoads and residents all have a role to play in maintaining and protecting our roadsides.
VicRoads is responsible for roadsides along freeways and major roads between townships. Council manages all other local roadsides in the shire.
To find out if a road is managed by VicRoads or Council, visit Repairs and Maintenance or visit the VicRoads website.
Roadsides and fire risk
Fires start on roadsides due to hot vehicle exhausts, mechanical failures and collisions.
Council slashes high use roadsides to reduce the chances of these incidents resulting in a fire. Typically 80 per cent of traffic uses 20 per cent of our roads. It makes sense to limit the costs to ratepayers by slashing these roads as a priority.
The best way to protect your home is to maintain your property and leave early, long before flames are visible.
Report an issue
To report any issues or hazards on roadsides, contact Council on (03) 5422 0333, or contact VicRoads.