Macedon Ranges Shire Council manages approximately 1,700km of roadsides for multiple outcomes – for protection and enhancement of biodiversity and habitat, to manage fire risks, and to ensure vehicle access and public safety.

In urban areas, roadsides are grassed or landscaped to enhance the aesthetics of our towns. In rural areas, we focus our resources on community safety and environmental biodiversity.

VicRoads or 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, you can view the below:

Roadside slashing

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.

Council slashes high use roadsides to reduce the likelihood of fires starting from hot vehicle exhausts, mechanical failures and collisions.

Typically 80 per cent of traffic uses 20 per cent of our roads so it makes sense to limit the costs to ratepayers by slashing these roads as a priority.

Roadside Conservation Management Plan

The vegetation found on our rural roadsides is special. It is often the only remaining native vegetation in the landscape and provides critical habitat for threatened flora and fauna.

All roadside vegetation faces ongoing threats including weed invasion, grazing pressure, vegetation clearance and roadworks.

With good management, the integrity and quality of the shire’s high and medium valued roadsides can be enhanced.

The Roadside Conservation Management Plan seeks to protect the important ecological values within the roadsides whilst ensuring appropriate fire risk mitigation and maintenance of road safety. 

Working on roadsides

Undertaking any works (such as slashing, planting or weed control) on roadsides requires confirmation with Council.

Before undertaking any works, contact Council to check if the works are allowed.

Council Officers will review the conservation status of the roadside and any land management requirements (such as the presence of noxious weeds and vehicle hygiene requirements). You will be advised if the proposed works requires an Environmental Activity on Roadsides Permit.

If you have a query about undertaking works on a roadside, fill out our online expression of interest form to provide us with a description of works. 

Expression of interest form

Permits for environmental works

If you want to carry out any activity on rural roadsides and reserves or town native nature strips that:

  • impacts on Council land, fencing and infrastructure, and/or
  • involves the removal of firewood or vegetation, including removal of dead trees or fallen limbs from trees and weed control

then you will need to apply for an Environmental Activity on Roadsides Permit.

If you wish to undertake works on grassed or landscaped nature strips, see Nature Strips

Work must not commence until a permit is issued.

Report an issue

If you become aware of any issues or hazards on roadsides, you can report an issue online, call Council on (03) 5422 0333, or contact VicRoads.